downtown Tiffin

Downtown Tiffin earns national accreditation with Heritage Ohio for the second year in a row

 

DOWNTOWN TIFFIN LOGO CMYKDowntown Tiffin has once again been recognized by Heritage Ohio as a National Main Street Community. This is the second year in a row that Tiffin has received this honor.

The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. Based in historic preservation, it focuses on four points: organization, design, promotions, and economic vitality. Each point is an integral part in the successful revitalization of a downtown area.

The Ohio Main Street program is a partner of Main Street America. In 2016 and 2017, Downtown Tiffin received accreditation for its Main Street program from both organizations.

From Heritage Ohio:

Ohio Main Street

Columbus OH – Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2017 certification of Downtown Tiffin as a National Main Street Community. Tiffin became a member of the Main Street program in 2016, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown district.

After a half day evaluation process, the board of Downtown Tiffin exhibited evidence of a healthy program working toward measurable outcomes in downtown revitalization. Downtown Tiffin is being recognized as proficient in the ten criteria as set by the National Main Street Center.  This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Downtown Tiffin Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better. As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio’s mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism.   Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust for Historic Preservation as Ohio’s state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program™. Learn more at www.HeritageOhio.org.

ABR approves Façade Enhancement Grant

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Second United Church of Christ

Second United Church of Christ awarded $10,000 for roof project

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 17, 2018 – The Architectural Board of Review has approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Second United Church of Christ, located at 156 Jefferson St., leaving $584 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

The church was approved for a $10,000 grant for an estimated $60,000 roofing project. With the two Façade Enhancement Grant approvals at the previous ABR meeting, this leaves just $584 available for the remainder of 2018.

Last meeting, the building at 172 E. Market St. was awarded a $10,000 grant for door replacements, and tuck pointing. The project is part of a larger building renovation estimated at $36,900. Additionally, a residential property at 19 Coe St. received a grant of $4,250 for a $8,500 roof replacement project. It was the first residential project to receive a grant since the program was amended to include single and two-family dwellings in 2015.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the success of the program. “With the next project, the fund will likely be depleted for the year,” he said. “As always, I am pleased with the progress we have made in downtown revitalization through this program.”

These three grants bring the total number of project approvals year-to-date to 12 and the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $570,000.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves Façade Grant Enhancement Grants

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92 S. Washington St. to undergo a complete storefront remodel.

Four projects awarded grants totaling $30,00

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 20, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved four Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown projects, using $30,000 of the city fund for a total investment exceeding $80,000. This leaves $24,834 remaining in the city Façade Enhancement Grant fund for 2018.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented on the volume of projects approved today. “Even in it’s fifth year, the demand for the Façade Enhancement Program continues to build,” he said.

The projects are:

  • 29-31 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $5,128 grant to replace second and third floor windows.
  • 236 S. Washington St. (Hoffman-Gottfried Mack Funeral Home and Crematory) – Awarded a $7,425 grant to replace porch carpeting, replace handrails, and complete some exterior painting.
  • 127 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $7,482 grant to replace storefront windows, the front door, and upper windows.
  • 92 S. Washington St. – Awarded a $10,000 grant for a complete storefront remodel project.

These grants bring the total investment in downtown building improvements related to the Façade Enhancement Grant for 2018 to more than $410,000.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”). 

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Chamber expands Farmers’ Markets with the Court Street Collection

Farmers Market LogoAs the 8th season of the Seneca County Farmers’ Market begins, a new shop local option has been added: the Court Street Collection. In addition to the traditional market vendors along S. Washington St., Court St. will be closed off between Washington St. and the alley to accommodate any business interested in setting up a pop-up shop (as space allows) in this non-traditional market.

This season also includes a bonus October date.

Press Release from the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services:

The Seneca County Farmer’s Market in Downtown Tiffin will begin its 2018 season on Saturday, June 9, 2018. This year’s calendar includes 9 total dates on the second and fourth Saturday of the month, June through September, with a bonus market in October! 2018’s full calendar is as follows:

  • June 9 & 23
  • July 14 & 28
  • August 11 & 25
  • September 8 & 22
  • October 13

For all dates, the market begins at 9 am and concludes at 1 pm, rain or shine. Vendor set-up begins at 8 am.

The market is located on South Washington Street between East Perry Street and East Market Street. A variety of products will be available, including baked goods, fresh produce, plants and flowers, and more. Live entertainment, demonstrations and children’s activities are also being planned.

New this year in conjunction with the farmers’ markets is the Court Street Collection. A non-traditional market on Court Street from Washington Street to the alley, any business is welcome to have a pop-up shop, but space is limited.

The Seneca County Farmers’ Market in Downtown Tiffin is sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services. Vendors interested in participating are encouraged to call 419-447-4141 for additional information.

Registration forms and information are available at tiffinchamber.com

Summer Concert Series set for East Green

East Green Amphitheater LogoPress release provided by East Green Summer Concert Series Board of Directors:

The East Green Summer Concert Series, a 501(c)3 has been established and will be the umbrella administrator for the complex and oversee all operations.

The vision:  The East Green Summer Concert Series is a local non-profit arts organization that desires to build an enduring legacy of art and beautiful music in the Tiffin-Seneca County area by encouraging artists and musicians with grants, scholarships, and performance and teaching opportunities. The main purpose of this not for profit entity is to promote fine arts, the performing arts and music education while engaging the community.

The Summer Concert Series is the first step.

A group of local community leaders and music professionals gathered by Mr. Kalnow, have come together in the beginning stages of preparation for the Inaugural Summer Concert Series at the Amphitheater at the East Green.

There will be a minimum of 6 sponsored events in the summer of 2018 – Two Top level programs for the months of July, August & September to include but not limited to: Children Concerts, Motown, Indie Folk, and Jazz & Blues Concerts.

East Green Summer Concert Series is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization with one staff member. Therefore, we depend greatly on our volunteers to help our many events and programs run smoothly. There are a wide variety of opportunities for you to get involved, including: helping with outdoor events, assisting with children’s theater programs, ushering at performances, and serving as committee members. Although volunteer tasks change seasonally, there is a need for volunteers at almost all times of the year. Some volunteer positions require an ongoing commitment, some require only a few hours. With a wide array of programs and events, you can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule.

Potential sponsorship opportunities include: Summer Series Main Sponsors, Event Sponsors, and individual sponsorships are greatly appreciated as well.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

John M. Kerschner
President
East Green Summer Concert Series
JMK3020@gmail.com
567.201.7538

 

 

ABR approves Façade Grant for Hunan King

MVIMG_20180306_140046.jpgRoof project awarded $10,000 grant

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 6, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for a roofing project at Hunan King, 253 S. Washington St. The project is a roof replacement at an estimated cost of $24,200. The project was awarded a $10,000 grant.

Jay Zheng submitted the application on behalf of the business, noting that the roof was nearly 100 years old. “The roof was well overdue for replacement,” he said. “It’s great that the city can help us with the cost.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented on the amount of roofing projects that have been awarded grants so far this year. “The grant does not have to be solely about the appearance of the building, it can also help with maintenance and improving the structural integrity of the building,” he said.

This grant brings the total building investment related to the Façade Enhancement Grant Program for 2018 to $324,460 with a balance of $54,871 remaining in the city’s grant fund for the year.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Downtown CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant Program expanded

Revised CDBG Target Area

Commercial buildings within the orange line are eligible.

Area, scope of state grant increased

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 1, 2018 – The downtown Community Development Block Grant-funded Façade Enhancement Program has been expanded to include more downtown buildings and apply to a wider variety of projects. The grant is federally funded and provides a 50% reimbursement of up to $15,000 for improvements to downtown buildings.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact the expansion could have. “With both the city and CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant programs we have seen a tremendous revitalization in the appearance of our downtown buildings,” he said. “This program expansion is another opportunity to contribute to the health and longevity of our downtown structures.”

The program guidelines have changed to allow for all commercial buildings within the area designated for the CDBG, as well as some of the area within the existing Architectural Board of Review district covered by the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant Program.

Eligible projects now include all building elevations and the roof along with any code improvements.  This can include awnings, window/door repair/replacement, painting of already painted surfaces, tuck pointing, signage, second floor egress, roofing, repair or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units, electrical upgrades, plumbing improvements, handicapped accessibility, roof repair/replacement, foundation repair/replacement and structural improvements.

Since its inception in 2014, the City of Tiffin’s Façade Enhancement Program has been awarded to 58 projects, for a total investment of $1.7 million. Three projects have been completed using the CDBG Façade Enhancement Program since it was made available in spring of 2017, for a total investment of $103,000.

This grant will be available on a first come first serve basis, but all projects must be completed by August 31, 2018, when the grant expires. For more information, contact SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or reinhart@senecacounty.org.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves Façade Grant for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

1.jpg$150,000 roof project awarded $10,000 grant

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 20, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for a roofing project at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The project will include the removal and replacement of the sanctuary’s slate roof at an estimated cost of $150,000. The project was awarded a $10,000 grant.

Church representative Gary Arnold said the grant will help defray the cost of necessary repairs. “This is something that we have to take care of; it’s wonderful that this grant can cover a portion of the cost,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said the Façade Enhancement Grant program is a great tool for non-profit organizations. “I am pleased to see our local churches taking advantage of the grant,” he said. “There are a lot of costs associated with up-keeping such large buildings, and it is difficult on a non-profit budget.”

This grant brings the total investment related to the Façade Enhancement Grant Program for 2018 to $222,850 ($300,460 in total building investment), with a balance of $64,871 remaining in the city’s grant fund.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

ABR approves two Façade Enhancement Grants

Two projects produce $45,500 investment

MVIMG_20180205_163146.jpgTIFFIN, OHIO – February 6, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved two Façade Enhancement Grants, totaling $15,128 and representing an overall investment of $45,557.

Old Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 125 E. Market Street was awarded $10,000, the maximum grant amount, to install new storm windows to protect the church’s stained-glass windows, which are also being restored.

Reverend Aaron Gerlach said the grant was an easy way to defray some of the expense of the restoration and maintenance of the windows. “As a non-profit, it is wonderful to receive some assistance in such a large and costly project,” he said.

The building at 25-27 S. Washington Street also received funds for a window project. A grant of $5,128 was approved to replaced second and third floor windows. The building also received a Façade Enhancement Grant in 2017 for a roofing project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz noted the new and returning applicants. “The Façade Enhancement Grant remains a strong tool in revitalizing downtown Tiffin, as evidenced today by a building receiving its first grant while others are on their second or third project using the program,” he said.

About the Façade Enhancement Program
This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and provides a 50 percent match of funds for eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district, up to $10,000. Each building is eligible to receive up to $10,000 per calendar year.  For more information, visit www.senecasuccess.com  (search “Façade Enhancement”).

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com

New event space to open in downtown Tiffin

The Chandelier set to open in former Civic Center

Maker:L,Date:2017-8-22,Ver:5,Lens:Kan03,Act:Kan02,E-veTIFFIN, OHIO – February 2, 2018 – The Chandelier, a full-service wedding and event venue, is set to open in the former Civic Center building at 151 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin in late spring.

Investment partners Holly Hoffman and Tom Fretz are working to renovate the 7,500 square foot building, including upgrades to the kitchen, lighting, carpeting and dance floor. Once completed, the space could be used for weddings, corporate events and training, and community events.

“We will help plan the event right along with the client,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman and Fretz met through a mutual interest in the building, and bring complementing services to the table. Fretz is an experienced DJ and videographer and Hoffman previously managed the Neeley Center at Terra State Community College and will offer catering and event planning services.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited to see the vacant building back in use. “Downtown Tiffin has felt the lack of an event hall of this size since the Civic Center closed,” he said. “The Chandelier will be a great addition to what the downtown has to offer.”

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.