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Tiffin and Seneca County win $220,000 for road improvement

20170629_151509.jpgGrant supports $1M commercial access project

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 5, 2017 – The City of Tiffin has been granted $220,000 through the Ohio Department of Transportation Jobs and Commerce for an improvement project on US 224; a 25 percent match with the city for a project totaling $1 million. It will provide access to a 60-acre site for potential commercial development annexed by the city earlier this year.

The grant is the first received by the Seneca County Transportation Improvement District (TID) created by Seneca County Commissioners in September 2015. “The district was put in place with the future of the county in mind,” Commissioner Shayne Thomas, head of the county’s transportation sub-committee, said. “This project is the first of many for which we plan to secure TID funding.”

Last year, Tiffin, Fostoria and Seneca County representatives collaborated to update and reprioritize the county’s Transportation Improvement Plan. Originally created in 2001, the plan was revised with a clear focus on key projects throughout the county. The revision was approved by all groups, as well as the TID Committee, composed of engineers, elected officials, and economic development organizations from each jurisdiction.

Charlene Watkins, Executive Director of Seneca Regional Planning Commission Executive Director commended the partnership between Seneca County organizations in securing the grant. “The foundation is in place and all parties are working to implement the plan,” she said. “We appreciate SIEDC’s work with different entities to gather information and submit the application, as well as the involvement of State Representative Bill Reineke and State Senator Dave Burke, and everyone else who had a hand in the process.”

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.

Tiffin Academy of Hair Design approved for Façade Grant

More than $275,000 invested in downtown Tiffin through Façade Enhancement program

Hair AcademyTIFFIN, OHIO – July 7, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design at 104 East Market Street.

The project is the ninth Façade Enhancement Grant of 2015, bringing the total investment in downtown improvement to more than $275,000. Halfway through the year more than half of the yearly budget for the grant, more than $50,000, has been allocated. The academy will receive $3,750 to aid in their $7,500 project.

“We are excited to receive this grant and to give our building a new look. It is great to see the buildings downtown taken care of.” owner Therese Vogel said.

Improvements include repairing the existing trim on the front of the building and painting it with a new color scheme in keeping with historic colors. The existing railing on the balcony will be repaired and repainted black. The stucco at the front corner of the building will also be repaired.

Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact of the Façade Enhancement Grant on downtown improvements. “The program has been in place for less than a year and it is already making a noticeable difference in the atmosphere downtown. It is amazing to see how many building owners are taking the opportunity to invest in downtown Tiffin.”

The building at 104 East Market is known as the “Smith Block” and was constructed in 1895 by local contractor Frank Morcher for the owners William and Laura (Bloom) Smith. There was a twin building next door with exactly the same stone facade but it was torn down to create a parking lot.

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 at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Building history courtesy of local historian John Huss.