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

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

$2.1 million invested in Kroger remodel

The Kroger store at 126 West High Street in Fostoria held a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting this morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.1 million remodel.

The renovations began in January and the project was completed in late June. Upgrades include new contemporary décor, an enhanced produce department with a fresh market concept and an expanded natural foods selection. The store also now features a sushi island and six self-checkout lanes.

“Along with its diverse product offerings, the Fostoria Kroger associates will continue their tradition of exemplary customer service, community involvement and commitment to providing the highest quality fresh food products,” Kroger Media Relations Manager Jennifer Jarrell said.

This is the first time the store has been remodeled since its opening in 2006.

South Korean company to create 150 new jobs in Fostoria

NoxThe South Korea-based vinyl tile manufacturer Nox Corporation is locating its first US factory in Fostoria. Nox will be renovating the former Atlas Crankshaft building, and plans to create more than 150 within three years in Seneca County.

The company will invest millions in machinery, equipment and building renovations, including a $2 million, 16,820 square foot addition to the existing building. Nox will initially hire 50 new employees, with plans of hiring an additional 50 workers next year and a total of 150 in the next two to three years. The company is currently interviewing for 10 management and administrative position, and will begin the hiring process for 40 skilled production, quality control and maintenance jobs next month, with production slated to start in mid- to late fall. Wages will start at $12 per hour, with an increase to $16 after a year.

Kudos to the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation for their work on the project and to Regional Growth Partnership and JobsOhio for their support.

Nox Corp. manufactures vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices. The tile is sold in 50 different countries, but the Fostoria plant will primarily serve US customers. Nox looked into locating in Fostoria due to recommendations within the flooring industry. Rubber and vinyl flooring manufacturer Roppe has been headquartered in Fostoria for more than 50 years.

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ACE, Sherwin-Williams offer discounts to renovators

ACEThe Tiffin ACE Hardware and Sherwin-Williams stores are now offering discounts to downtown and historic building owners revitalizing their properties.

ACE Hardware (1550 West Market Street) is offering any downtown business participating in the Facade Enhancement Program discounts on interior and exterior paints. Exterior colors must be selected from thesherwin Historical Color palette, provided at the store, and prior approval for all exterior work must be received from the Architectural Board of Review. The following brands are available at a discount: Clark+Kensington, Ace Royal,Valspar Aspire, Valspar Optimus and Valspar ValPro Professional.

Sherwin-Williams (664 West Market Street) is offering Tiffin Historic District members discounts on products and services. When making a purchase, building owners can use a code to receive: 15-40% off paints and stains, 15% off supplies, extended record keeping of colors and supplies, additional wholesale event notices and deliveries (with a valid business account) in addition to color matching and on-site assistance.

For more information, visit the stores or contact Stu Thorp,  419.447.8535, at Sherwin-Williams and Bryan Deats at Tiffin ACE Hardware, 419.447.5280.

$500K renovation to downtown Tiffin church

IMG_20150626_113138Tiffin’s Saint Joseph Catholic Church, at the corner of South Washington and Melmore Streets, is investing $500,000 in new lighting and upgrading the wiring throughout the entire church, thanks to an anonymous donation and fundraisers. It has been 30 years since any work has been done inside the church.

Improvements include replacing the breaker panel, refurbishing the original light fixtures from the 1930s, adding additional lights to the fixtures, adding LED lighting and refurbishing the statues in the sanctuary. Clouse Electric is handling the wiring and Rambusch Lighting in New Jersey, creator of the original lighting fixtures, is refurbishing them.

Work began on May 11 and is expected to be completed around June 26, depending on how long it takes to get the fixtures updated. The goal is to be back in the church by the St. Joseph Festival, July 11 and 12. Until then, masses are being held in the activity center until the project is completed.

Historic downtown building undergoes renovation

Tiffin couple to renovate 8,000 sq. ft. building, create high-end apartments

KeBolt ExteriorTIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2015 – Renovations have begun on the building at 140/142 South Washington Street in Tiffin. Built in the late 1800s by Tiffin’s first millionaire, Rezin Shawhan, the building is part of what was once the “Empire Block” on South Washington Street and is the current location of The Beanstalk & Company.

The Beanstalk is to remain in the commercial space on the first floor and three upstairs apartments will be renovated in two phases. Phase one includes restoring the flooring, reverting the plaster back to brick, painting, redoing the railing around the loft and updating the bathroom and kitchen in the 2,000 square foot loft apartment occupying two stories of the building. Phase two involves renovating the other two apartments.KeBolt inside

The project may also qualify for a Façade Enhancement Grant for external work such as window restoration, trim painting and front door replacement.

“We love downtown Tiffin and think with all the positive development, it’s a great time to invest.” owner Weston Reinbolt said. Both Tiffin natives, Reinbolt and his wife Suzie Reineke moved back to Tiffin after living in Columbus and Findlay, and recently remodeled a previously foreclosed home in Findlay. “We are really looking forward to living in downtown Tiffin and to be part of its renaissance. It’s an exciting time,” Reineke added.


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