Tiffin Ohio

Potential riverfront development recommended to Tiffin City Council

Transformational residential and hotel project eyed for downtown Tiffin

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Ed Hernando addresses Tiffin City Council.

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 16, 2018 – Tiffin City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved sending to the next full Council meeting a purchase agreement for two of the City’s downtown parking lots along the Sandusky River. The sites would be acquired by Tiffin River Front Development LLC in order to build both a creative loft living complex and a full-service hotel/condominium facility. If the sale is approved, the development company plans to enter the full due diligence and design phase, aiming to finalize the project details by sometime in 2019.

Florida-based developer and entrepreneur Ed Hernando is a Heidelberg University graduate, former captain of the football team, and current member of Heidelberg’s business school advisory board. He has been working with the city and economic development officials on the project concept since early 2017. He cited the city’s prudent planning in the purchase of the Stalsworth and Livery property in 2013 and the 2016 Downtown Strategic Growth & Development Plan among several reasons to invest in Tiffin. “It is evident that Tiffin is a community investing in itself and its future, and I want to support its growth and development with this large-scale project,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said that Tiffin is open and prepared for this kind of development. “The Tiffin Riverfront Development will be a transformational project in the heart of downtown Tiffin building upon the already strong momentum the community has experienced over the past several years,” he stated. “It will provide unique housing and lodging for new and current residents while serving as a catalyst for additional investment in the future. This further builds on other major transformational projects in the downtown like the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green, future splash pad, and newly renovated lofts and storefronts.”

Moving the project forward is contingent upon significant further due diligence and market validation, but the current plan, based on research to date, contains the “Creative Lofts” and “Downtown Residences and Hotel” projects.

The Creative Lofts will be located on City Lot 6 across the river from Kiwanis Manor and will offer affordable lofts geared toward young professionals and graduates from the local communities, encouraging young people to stay in Tiffin post-graduation to live, work, launch businesses, and make Tiffin their home. It is estimated that the Creative Lofts will have 85 units, which is subject to change based on entitlement, building restrictions, and market conditions.

The Downtown Residences & Hotel will be located on City Lot 4 on the site of the former Stalsworth Hotel and Livery and provide the ultimate in elegance and spa living for condominium owners and a boutique hotel experience for guests. The project includes a restaurant lobby and bar, conference space for events, banquets and weddings, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant. It is estimated that the Downtown Residences & Hotel will have 50 full-service hotel rooms, 45 condominium residences, and four to five penthouse units. This is also subject to change, based on the previously mentioned factors.

The purchase agreement will be put forth in a city ordinance, to be presented at the first of three readings by Tiffin City Council in a regular meeting Monday, Aug. 20.

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.

 

$1.6M residential rehab project receives tax credits

Historic restauration awarded $250,000 to offset restoration costs

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TIFFIN, OHIO – August 14, 2018 – Three residential properties in Tiffin’s historic Fort Ball district were awarded Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits in the Ohio Development Services Agency’s latest funding round. Monument Properties LLC received a nearly $250,000 credit for the renovation and restoration of 24 and 25 Adams St. and 149 Frost Pkwy, a nearly $1.6 million project.

Monument Properties LLC Owner Andrew Kalnow said the credits will allow for the proper restoration of the buildings’ original architecture. “It is imperative that we keep the historic integrity of the buildings while updating them for modern use. Recouping some of those costs through tax credits makes that goal more feasible.”

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The three residential buildings are located in Tiffin’s Fort Ball – Railroad Area Historic District. Their construction dates range from c. 1856 to 1895. The building at 25 Adams St. is in Queen Anne style and 24 Adams St. is in Italianate style. After rehabilitation, the buildings will serve as apartments and bed-and-breakfast suites. One building may house a small retail space. The project will move forward contingent upon continued due diligence.

France Hall, a 1926 dormitory located on the campus of Heidelberg University, also received credits in the latest funding round. The three-story building will be rehabilitated to continue use as a dormitory, and the attic space will be finished to provide additional space for meeting rooms. Historic features of the Modern English Gothic-style building will be retained, and ADA accommodations, contemporary mechanical and safety systems, and bathroom updates will be added. The $14.6 million project was awarded nearly $1.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the focus on preservation. “We have many beautiful, historic buildings and homes in our community. These restoration projects are outstanding examples to other historic building owners looking to make improvements without sacrificing the elements that make these buildings unique.”

2018 Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits
The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded $30,228,955 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 31 historic buildings. Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $348 million in private investment in 13 communities. The awards include projects in two new communities (Somerset and Lorain), bringing the total number of Ohio communities with historic preservation tax credit projects to 67.

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 last Façade Grant of 2018

The Chandelier to install awning

Chandelier FacadeTIFFIN, OHIO – August 7, 2018 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review (ABR) approved a Façade Enhancement Grant of $584 to The Chandelier, 151 S. Washington St., depleting the $100,000 set aside by the City of Tiffin for 2018.

The Chandelier was awarded the remaining funds in the Façade Enhancement Grant program, to install an awning on the front of the building, facing S. Washington St., wrapping around the side of the building along Madison St. The overall project is estimated at $9,759.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented: “This program provides an enormous return on the city’s investment that you can see everyday in our beautiful downtown,” he said. “It is encouraging that after five years funding this program, there is still so much interest in the Façade Enhancement Grant that we are running out of funds well before the end of the year.”

This year, 13 projects were approved resulting in $584,000 invested in downtown Tiffin buildings. Since the program’s inception in 2014, 65 projects have been approved for a total downtown investment of nearly $2.2 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 http://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.

High school post-grad program receives $10,000 AT&T contribution

Year Thirteen guides students in career pathways

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Pictured above, left to right: AT&T Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Nicolette Jaworski, State Representative for the Ohio 88th District Bill Reineke, AT&T Director of Governmental Affairs Trint Hatt, Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, SIEDC President & CEO David Zak, Heidelberg University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Schwartz, Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Barber, Terra State Community College Dean of Business, Humanities, and Industrial Technologies Cory Stine, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 6, 2018 – The AT&T Foundation presented a $10,000 contribution on Monday to the Year Thirteen, a program providing high school seniors with mentoring and resources to ensure high school success and help them attain post-secondary career goals. The contribution will help fund a part-time director position for the program, which will launch this fall with the Tiffin Columbian High School graduating class of 2019.

Education and student success are a cornerstone of AT&T’s community initiatives. Since 2012, AT&T employees have provided more than 1.6 million hours of mentoring to students, and its AT&T Aspire initiative has committed more than $400 million since 2008 to promote student success in school and beyond. “We are very proud to support this new program for students in Tiffin,” said Nicolette Jaworski, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio. “It aligns perfectly with our desire to see more students be successful.”

The program was modeled after the successful Presidential Pathways initiative started at Marion City Schools under the current superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, Gary Barber. “Much like the Presidential Pathways program, the Year Thirteen will allow us to build and leverage relationships within the community, keep our talent local, and focus on workforce development by putting in place a dynamic system aligned with our community’s needs,” he said. “It will also be a measuring stick for our school system.”

The program focuses on eight key areas designed to promote student success leading up to and following graduation. These areas are: high school success, relationship building, career exploration, career success, job skills, work skills, and community engagement. All students in their senior year at Tiffin Columbian High School will be connected with a counselor that will check in with them periodically throughout the school year and the year following their graduation to promote the student’s success in university, vocational school, or entering the workforce.

Several organizations have partnered to participate in the program including: Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Terra State Community College, Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Family, Adult & Children First Council, and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC).

SIEDC facilitated the grant process, citing a workforce gap as a key county-wide concern. “Unemployment is consistently low, and the biggest pipeline of talent is our educational system – K12 and higher education,” SIEDC President and CEO David Zak said. “Improving college completion and preparing high school students for successful careers is, therefore, a top priority, as the workforce needs are at all skill and education levels.”

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.

Planet Fitness slated for Tiffin

PrintNational fitness chain franchise signs lease on Tiffin Mall space

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2018 – A franchise of the national fitness chain Planet Fitness has signed a lease with Tiffin Mall owners. The 24-hour gym will be located in the former Dollar General and Label Shopper spaces. The facility is projected to open in early 2019.

This will be the eighth facility for franchise owner Mark Christie. He said he has been looking at Tiffin for a two to three years, waiting on the right space. “We are very excited to come to the Tiffin market and provide a low price, high value option for community members to get into fitness,” he said.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “This is the fourth announcement for the Tiffin Mall site since it was purchased nearly two years ago and things are not slowing down. I am pleased to welcome Planet Fitness and look forward to continued development in our commercial corridor.”

Planet Fitness is open 24 hours a day, staffed at all time, and provides free personal fitness training, and a Judgement Free Zone, providing a comfortable, safe, and energetic environment where everyone feels accepted and respected at any fitness level. The spacious, 16,000 square foot facility will hold more than 70 brand new pieces of cardio and strength equipment, as well as a lobby, locker rooms and showers.

A standard Planet Fitness membership is $10, or members can choose the $21.99 PF Black Card plan, which comes with additional perks including tanning, red light therapy, hydro massage and massage chairs, use of any Planet Fitness facility, and guest passes.

About Planet Fitness
Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States by number of members and locations. As of December 31, 2017, Planet Fitness had approximately 10.6 million members and more than 1,500 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Panama. The Company’s mission is to enhance people’s lives by providing a high-quality fitness experience in a welcoming, non-intimidating environment, which we call the Judgement Free Zone®. More than 95% of Planet Fitness stores are owned and operated by independent business men and women.

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.

D & D Total Repair moves to Tiffin

20180719_130245.jpegThe former Fort Ball RV location at 582 N. Sandusky St. in Tiffin has a new tenant. D & D Total Repair is a full service auto and mechanical repair shop and 24 hour roadside assistance and towing service covering all of Seneca County.

While the business is not new to Seneca County, it is to Tiffin. David and Alicia Hess started their business in Bloomville in 2015. They made the move to Tiffin when their business became a AAA provider for the entire county, in order to be more centrally located. With the move, they have taken on another mechanic and a couple additional drivers.

If you haven’t seen their new shop on the north side of town, you have may have seen their brightly colored, puzzle piece covered truck spreading autism awareness around the county.

For more information or to schedule service, call 419-983-4010.

Tiffin University and IGS Solar announce new solar array for Heminger Center

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TIFFIN, OH, JULY 16, 2018 – Tiffin University (TU) and IGS Solar will begin construction this month on the first solar project to be constructed on the rooftop of the Heminger Center located on Miami Street. The solar system will drive a cleaner, emission-free energy platform, as well as mark the beginning of TU’s environmental commitment.

The solar array will consist of 705 panels constructed on 14,000 square feet of rooftop space on the Heminger Center located in the heart of campus. Sized at approximately 240kW (DC), the array will generate roughly 270,000 kWh’s per year which is enough to supply approximately 26% of the annual electricity consumption for the Heminger Center.

This amount of solar power is enough to provide clean electricity for approximately 24 residential homes, offsetting an estimated 195 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year that would otherwise be emitted by a conventional fossil fuel power plant. That amount of emissions avoided is also equivalent to removing 42 cars from the road annually, or avoiding burning 213,331 pounds of coal.

IGS Solar will own, operate, and maintain the array. The company is helping the University integrate solar generation into their energy portfolio while helping them better control the long-term energy costs for their buildings.

The project is estimated to begin construction in October 2018 and be online November 2018.

“With current challenges that surround funding for non-profit universities, Tiffin University feels strongly that we need to examine all means for cost saving initiatives,” said TU President Lillian Schumacher. “The University is also intentional in doing what is right for the student body, faculty, staff, and local community by putting forth clean energy standards and striving to meet them.”

“We hope that opportunities for solar in Ohio continue to grow because the economic benefits are substantial,” stated Patrick Smith, Vice President of IGS Solar. “Working with Tiffin University to help control their energy costs by utilizing clean, renewable power has been a great success. We look forward to being a long-standing sustainability partner to the Tiffin University for years to come.”

Business Profile: G&L Oil Company

G&L 1G&L Oil Company, located at 2011 W. County Road 54 in Tiffin, has been in the Seneca County community, providing excellent customer service to their diverse range of clients since 1938. Purchased by Kim Walton in 1989 and moved to its current location in 2007, the business includes G&L Oil, Brobst Trucking Inc., as well as  the G&L Shell and G&L Car Wash at the corner of SR 100 and US 224.

G&L Oil sells motor oils, greases, transmission fluids and liquids including motor oils, hydraulics oils, greases, solvents, antifreeze, and other products to their walk in, farmer, industrial, and commercial customers. They are also a distributor of gasoline and diesel fuel to commercial, farmers, industrial, and heating oil customers. Product comes in bulk totes, drums, kegs, and cases, and are all available in their warehouse on County Road 54.

G&L sells 30K gallons of oil per month (Mobil, Idemitsu, Shell, Pennzoil, Wolfs Head and Duramax) in totes (250-300 gallon plastic containers, drums, etc.). One of their customers, Expercon (Toledo), is helping clear out harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.  Local industrial customers also include Webster, AFS and Taiho.

G&L is part of the State of Ohio’s Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity (EDGE) program, designed to assist socially and economically disadvantaged businesses in obtaining state government contracts in the following areas: construction, architecture and engineering; professional services; goods and services; and information technology services. They have also utilized the GrowNow program through the Ohio Treasurer of State, which enables small business owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing loans for two years, with the opportunity for renewal for another two year period, with the creation or retention of at least one full-time job or two part-time jobs in the State of Ohio for every $50,000 borrowed, up to $400,000. Additionally, G&L has worked with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on potential Safety Grants.

The company has 23 employees, including 11 at the Shell service station, and two of Kim’s daughters, Kristen Hill and Marissa Walton. Last October, they also brought on a new salesperson to help grow the business. Plans to expand also include the recent purchase of a $250k tanker truck, driven by Kim’s son-in-law, Mark Hill.

Tiffin Rehabilitation Center No. 1 in Ohio

Tiffin Rehabilitation CenterThe Ohio Department of Aging released the results of their 2017 Long-Term Care Resident Satisfaction Survey last month, ranking Tiffin Rehabilitation Center number one in the state. Based on patient responses, the center scored 97.5 out of 100 points.

The Ohio Department of Aging and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
conduct a biennial satisfaction survey of residents in long-term care facilities to measure
satisfaction with their quality of care and quality of life. Developed by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University of Ohio, the survey was administered from August to December 2017 by Vital Research using structured, face-to-face interviews with residents. A total of 23,145 residents in 936 nursing homes and 12,849 residents of 687 assisted living facilities were interviewed

Tiffin Rehabilitation Center, located at 48 St. Lawrence Dr. in Tiffin, is a Volunteers of America facility providing short-term providing physical, occupational and speech therapies. The 20 bed facility was opened adjacent to the Mercy Health-Tiffin campus and Sojourn at Seneca in 2015.

This is not the first distinction the facility has earned. TRC also received a rating of Top Performing, a five out of five score, in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Nursing Homes ranking for 2017-2018.

Leadership Park, historic marker dedicated

IMG_20180626_112013.jpgToday, the City of Tiffin dedicated Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park in conjunction with the unveiling of a State historical marker for the founding of Tiffin.

Leadership Park began as the community project of the 2014 Leadership Seneca County class. As part of the nine month course in leadership and civic participation, the class raised $25,000 to create a community park in downtown Tiffin. The city matched $20,000, creating a fund of $55,000 for the park. The park was designed but put on hold due to potential development on the chosen site.

In late 2015, the project was revived when Lenny Clouse purchased the building at 22 S. Washington St., demolished it, and sold the land to the city at cost. From there, two more grants were secured from the National Machinery and Meschech Frost Charitable Trust to cover the funding gap created by the change in location, and the construction of Clouse-Kirian Leadership Park began.

Also dedicated at the Leadership Park site was Seneca County’s twelfth historical marker. The Seneca County Historical Society worked with the Ohio History Connection to place an Ohio Historical Marker denoting 1822 as the founding year of the town.

The text of the marker reads: “In 1822 Josiah Hedges purchased the land that would become Tiffin from the Delaware Land Office. By March, this land, situated across the Sandusky River from old Fort Ball (War of 1812) was surveyed and platted by General James Hedges, the brother of Josiah. These events marked the founding year for the city of Tiffin, which was named after Edward Tiffin, Ohio’s first governor and a friend of Josiah Hedges. The legislature commissioned Thomas Henford, Isaac Minor and Cyrus Spink to establish Tiffin as the permanent seat of justice for Seneca County on March 25, 1822.”

You can find a complete list of Ohio Historical Markers at Remarkable Ohio.

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