Mayor Aaron Montz

Tiffin awarded $1.6M grant for streetscape project

City of Tiffin LogoMiami Street improvements slated for 2018

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 3, 2017 – The City of Tiffin has received funding for the reconstruction of Miami Street through the Ohio Department of Transportation Small Cities Program, up to $1,636,850, which covers 95% of the $1,723,000 streetscaping project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is looking forward to beginning the project. “This is a long overdue project that will increase the safety of the road as well as beautify the area,” he said. “The City of Tiffin continues to apply for grants like the Small Cities Program to continue improving our infrastructure while easing the burden on taxpayers.”

The proposed work consists of road reconstruction, new curbs, sidewalks, and lighting, over an approximate length of 2000 feet on Miami Street, from Nelson Street to just east of Clay Street, where the previous project terminated.

This will be a cooperative project with Tiffin University, which will be paying a proportionate share of the local contribution, and covering the costs of non-grant covered items that are of an aesthetic nature, which primarily consist of decorative lighting and textured crosswalks.

“We are excited to partner with the city on this project,” Tiffin University President Lilian Schumacher said. “The continuation of the streetscape enhances our campus and improves walkability of the area for our students.”

Design is expected to conclude early in 2018, with contract award to take place by June of the same year. This schedule may be extended if problems are encountered in the design phase.

Final Façade Enhancement Grants of 2017 approved

Funds exhausted in record time

2014_04_15 - Bears DenTIFFIN, OHIO – April 18, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved two Façade Enhancement Grants for downtown building improvements, depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2017. The projects were awarded a combined total of $12,754, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $50,800, bringing the total investment for 2017 façade grants to $266,000.

The Bear’s Den, located at 60-68 E. Perry St., received approval for a $10,000 grant. The $21,000 project is to include replacement of second floor windows and first floor doors, balcony and tile repairs, painting, and the addition of exterior lighting.

The building at 92 S. Washington St. was the final Façade Enhancement approval of 2017 and received the remainder of the city funds. A grant was approved in the amount of $2,754 for a nearly $30,000 roof repair project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the continued success of the city funded Façade Enhancement Grant Program. “It has been another record year for the façade program,” he said. “We have had 17 projects approved this year, the most since the program began in 2014, and all of the allotted funds were used within just four months.”

Since the Façade Enhancement Program began, 54 projects have been approved for funding and $1.4 million invested in downtown buildings.

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.

Seneca County in Top 10 for economic development in US

site-selection-magazine-march-2017Earns second such ranking in four years

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 2, 2017 – The Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) announced today that Seneca County has again placed in the top ten nationally on Site Selection Magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects – placing tenth out of the 576 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the sixth year in a row that the Tiffin micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally and the fifth year for ranking in the top ten percent. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area. Six Seneca County projects qualified for Site Selection, including expansions at Arnold Machine, Church and Dwight, Owens Corning, Tiffin Metal Products, Poet Energy, and Mennel Milling.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz cited partnership as a driver of economic development for the county. “Having the city, county and economic development organizations in sync plays a key role in keeping us at the top of development, expansion, investment and employment,” he said. Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “We are pleased with the economic development progress we see going on in Fostoria and in Seneca County. This is a great honor.” Seneca County Commission President Mike Kerschner agreed: “Throughout the county we are seeing record growth in all sectors. The climate for all business and overall quality of life improves with each addition.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance tying with Seneca County for tenth, and Toledo ranking seventh in its division. “Northwest Ohio has built incredible momentum over the past few years,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership in Toledo. “National recognition is a testament to the fact that the region is an excellent area to locate or expand a business and to the hard work of our partners in economic development as well as public officials.”

A press release from Site Selection magazine and a complete list of the top 100 micro- and metropolitans is can be found here and more information can be found at siteselection.com.

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.

Trivia Night in Tiffin heads downtown

trivia-night-in-downtown-tiffinThe Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has teamed up with SIEDC to bring their popular Trivia Nights in Tiffin downtown!

Announcement from TSPL:

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) and Phat Cakes will partner to host “Trivia Night in Downtown Tiffin” on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Phat Cakes (45 S. Washington St., downtown Tiffin.)

Hosted by Tiffin Middle School History teacher, Ben Gillig, families of all ages are invited to compete in four rounds of general trivia questions. Answers will be judged by local celebrities that include John Reino (Reino’s Pizza & Pasta), Jessica Williams (Bailiwicks Coffee Company) and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz.

Participants are asked to form teams of two to four members, which can be composed of all ages. Teams will write their answers to be judged by local celebrities. Questions will be geared towards ages 12 and up. No phones, tablets or electronic devices may be accessed during the contest. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

That night, Phat Cakes will offer $2 tacos, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to order prior to the event.

Space is very limited. Team captains are asked to register by calling the Library at 419-447-3751 or through the library’s online calendar at http://bit.ly/FebTrivia.

For more information please call the Library.

First Façade Grants of 2017 approved

ABR approves grants for five downtown buildings

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33 S. Washington St.

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 17, 2017 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved five Façade Enhancement Grants, the first grants approved in 2017. The projects were awarded a combined total of $30,850, for a total reinvestment in downtown Tiffin of $65,500.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the program is off to a strong start. “Last year was amazing! We ran out of funds halfway through 2016,” he said. “We are in our third year of the program and it is more in demand than ever; the momentum just keeps building.”

Three buildings were awarded grant funds for roofing projects: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 25-27 S. Washington St., and 29-31 S. Washington St. Additionally, 132-134 S. Washington St. (Viewpoint Graphics) was approved for a brick tuck-pointing and overall façade painting project, and 33 S. Washington St. was approved for replacement windows.

The building at 33 S. Washington St. will be the first to take advantage of the “façade return” allowance approved in May 2016. Building owner Ned Behm appreciated the ABR including the unique situation. “I received grant funding for the front of my building in 2015, but it didn’t take into account the windows that were a part of the overal ‘façade’ but not technically facing the street,” he said. “I am pleased that program was amended to accommodate my building as well as the other buildings downtown with the same issue.”

The Façade Enhancement Program was established in September of 2014. At the end of 2016, the City of Tiffin had invested $250,000 in 38 projects, for a total reinvestment in downtown revitalization of nearly $1.2 million.

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.

Plans for downtown Tiffin brewery announced

 

Venture to occupy space in historic Laird Arcade

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The intended location of the brewery – the former Iron Gate Cafe space inside the Laird Arcade.

TIFFIN, OHIO – January 11, 2017 – Plans have been made public for a downtown brewery and taproom to be located in the historic Laird Arcade building. Local entrepreneurs Eric Kuebler and Rob Weaver announced their intentions at yesterday’s Tiffin Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.

“Breweries are being added to a lot of communities, and contribute to the livelihood and revitalization of downtown areas,” Weaver said. “Downtown revitalization is already going on in Tiffin and we’d really like to be a part of it.”

The brewery zoning classification was granted by the Zoning Board, pending approval by the Planning Commission and Tiffin City Council. The next major steps will be filing a federal brewer’s notice, a process that takes six to eight months, and obtaining a state liquor license.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was delighted by the news. “Tiffin has a long and interesting history of breweries like this run by local entrepreneurs. This is an exciting venture, and we’ll give them all the support we can.”

Kuebler and Weaver, both avid homebrewers, will brew beer on-site. The taproom will offer ten varieties of beer, including six flagship brews to be served year-round as well as rotating seasonal specialties. Half-gallon growlers will be sold and filled, and there are plans to make kegs available to select Seneca County bars and restaurants.

“We are both from Tiffin and looking to give back to our community, by providing quality products with thirty years of combined experience,” Kuebler said.

Along with beer, they plan to offer locally produced snacks but leave heavier fare to local restaurants. “This is a cooperative venture with our neighbors, at the Laird and in the surrounding community,” Kuebler said. “This will benefit them as much as it benefits us.”

According to The Brewers Association, Ohio is one of the leading states for craft beer, ranking fourth in barrels produced annually (1.4 million) made by 143 craft breweries statewide. The annual economic impact is in excess of $2.1 million and growing.

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 the community at www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Tiffin awarded $450,000 in community development grants

Funds to be used to improve streetscape and expand façade program

cbdgTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – The City of Tiffin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a total of $450,000 in allocation and competitive funding towards downtown revitalization. More than 69 communities across the state applied for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and Tiffin was one of 37 selected. A total of $11.6 million is being awarded this year statewide.

About half of the funds will be used to revitalize the streetscape on East Market Street between Jefferson Street and Rock Creek, connecting the historic downtown district with the new streetscape project between Heidelberg and Rock Creek, scheduled for 2018. The City of Tiffin was awarded $650,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for that project on both Perry and Market Streets. The improvements will include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, and decorative trash receptacles. This project will complement the new East Commons greenspace park currently under development and fits with the new Downtown Development Plan finished this year.

The remainder of the grant funding will be used to launch an expanded Façade Enhancement Program reaching a larger area of downtown Tiffin not currently covered by the existing program. Building owners would be eligible to receive matching funds for half of exterior improvement costs, up to $15,000. Established in 2014, the original Façade Enhancement Program has been a huge success, resulting in almost $1.2 million in new investment among 38 projects. The program expansion is expected to launch yet this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is very pleased with the state’s award. “It is great to see the City’s investment in planning and downtown revitalization continuing to pay dividends. I feel this award is a recognition of City Council’s and this administration’s continued commitment to strategic investment in our downtown. I am very excited to see both an expansion of the façade program and the finishing of the East Market Street streetscape. The momentum continues.”

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

Arnold Machine plans $2.6M expansion

Local manufacturer to add 25,000 square feet, 20 new jobs

amiTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – Arnold Machine, Inc. has announced intentions to move forward with a $2.6 million expansion to the Tiffin facility, creating 20 new skilled labor jobs. The project includes a $1.6 million, 25,000 square foot expansion to the building as well as $1 million in new equipment to support the expansion.

President and Owner Zach Arnold said the company was considering locating a satellite assembly facility in the Memphis area, but the workforce, community, and local and state support helped make the decision to stay in Tiffin. “Although much of our new business is in the south, we are very pleased to be able to expand here. It’s an exciting time in our company’s history, and we appreciate all of the support we’re receiving from the City of Tiffin, SIEDC, AEP, the Regional Growth Partnership, and JobsOhio. If everything is approved, we will be expanding here.”

The expansion is contingent on the final approval of local and state incentives, which are expected to exceed $500,000 in value over the next fifteen years. The company is intending to take advantage of a one hundred percent, 15-year Community Reinvestment Area tax exemption on the new facility as well as a five-year, fifty percent local municipal income tax credit. AEP Ohio is also considering supporting the project with a grant as well. An offer from AEP Ohio is expected in the next few weeks.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the news. “With this expansion, the North Star Industrial Park is completely full. We are excited to see our industrial sector continue to grow stronger, and we’re excited about the future. We appreciate the investment Arnold Machine is making in our community.”

Dean Monske, President & CEO of the Regional Growth Partnership that helped facilitate state support for the project as part of the JobsOhio Network, said, “It’s incredible to see the growth and development in northwest Ohio, and Tiffin and Seneca County are a big part of it. This is just another example of why they are a top-ranked community.”

About Arnold Machine

Arnold Machine, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of customized automation equipment for the automotive, appliance and heavy equipment industries. The company started in 1994 as a small custom machining and fabrication shop located in the owner’s garage and has grown into a 45-person operation with a 50,000 sf facility located in the Northstar Industrial Park in Tiffin, Ohio. The company has more than a hundred customers throughout the United States, including Commercial Metals Company, Sonoco, Bridgestone, Cooper Tires, Libbey, Nucor, Whirlpool, Roush Fenway Racing, National Machinery, NISIN and SSC.

About Regional Growth Partnership

Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) is private, nonprofit corporation designed to drive job creation and new capital investment in northwest Ohio through business attraction, retention and expansion efforts. The RGP also serves as the JobsOhio Northwest network partner, serving as the JobsOhio point of contact and customer service for state incentives for a 17-county region. Learn more at www.rgp.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 at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Tiffin Mall purchased by Toledo development company

Investors working on future plans

tiffin mall signTIFFIN, OHIO – September 3, 2016 – Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM), a Toledo-based real estate development and management company, announced today that it is moving forward with purchasing the Tiffin Mall for $2.2 million from Tiffin Mall Realty, which itself is owned by the Kohan Retail Investment Group out of New York. The firm is currently developing an investment and development strategy for the property, which it hopes to unveil in the coming months.

KHPM CEO Steve Roumaya believes that Tiffin is a community on the move and is ready for additional growth. “For the last couple of years, the retail market has been hot in Tiffin, and we see that there is significant demand for additional shopping options,” he said. “We look forward to working with all existing mall tenants as well as other area businesses to help them succeed, and we appreciate all the support we are receiving from the City of Tiffin and SIEDC.”

Roumaya established Key in 1994 and has been involved in several successful development projects in Ohio and Michigan, including Bancroft Village and Suder Shoppes in Toledo, Navarre Crossings in Oregon, and River Valley in Monroe, Michigan. Ohio.

The Tiffin Mall opened in 1980 and was built by Developers Diversified Realty (DDR) based out of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005, DDR constructed the movie theater now occupied by Cinemark, and they sold the mall in 2012 to the Kohan Retail Investment Group. The mall currently has 28 retail spaces inside, as well as the theater and two outbuildings. Most of the spaces are currently vacant.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was pleased with the announcement, saying “We welcome Key’s investment and desire to develop the site here in Tiffin. We are excited about continuing to create an environment where people do not have to leave to shop and dine, and we think the project can again help continue our retail momentum.”

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Jolly’s signs lease on downtown location

jollys lairdLocal restaurant moves to Laird Arcade

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 25, 2016 – Today, Jolly’s Drive-In Owner Diane Hassinger signed a lease for a space in downtown Tiffin’s historic Laird Arcade.

Hassinger says the downtown location is the perfect next step for her business. “I was looking for a smaller space, where I could still hold store hours but also prepare food and root beer for the food truck,” Hassinger said. “This location also includes a drive-through window that I hope will give customers some of the nostalgia of the root beer stand.”

The new location faces West Market Street and includes a drive-through window in the alley behind the Laird Arcade. Orders can be called in by phone and picked up at the drive-through window, or customers can come in to order. Hassinger plans to relocate many of the original signs and memorabilia from the original root beer stand, including the front windows signed by Jolly’s employees over the years.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased to see the local brand relocate in downtown Tiffin. “Anyone can see that the downtown is transforming, which makes it a desirable place to open a business,” he said. “And it’s great that we get to keep Jolly’s a Tiffin tradition.”

The restaurant will be open 11 a.m – 5 p.m., four days a week. The Jolly’s food truck will also appear at different locations around town. Hassinger will announce the opening date later this year. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/JollysDriveIn/.

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 http://www.senecasuccess.com.