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Building begins on Fostoria’s own senior housing facility

Fostoria Focus, 3/22/06

 

After several years of planning, construction has begun on Quail Meadow, a senior housing facility.  “It’s right behind Great Scot,” said Bryan Glover, the director of the Seneca County Commission on Aging.  “It’s going to be very similar to Devon House, except it’s going to have more units.”

 

Devon House, in Tiffin, is a 40-unit facility in Tiffin that opened last year.  Quail Meadow will have 50 units that will range from one and two bedrooms and two bedrooms with a study.

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Fostoria planners delay OK for service center

Toledo Blade, 5/27/06

 

The Fostoria Planning Commission has delayed approval of a site plan for a 10,200-square-foot service center for American Electric Power Co.

 

Changes in the plan were sought by the city engineer, fire chief, and zoning inspector at a meeting Thursday.

 

The building will be erected on East Fourth St. at a total cost estimated at $1.5 million.  The project is scheduled for completion by January.

 

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Canal work in Delphos to receive recognition

Toledo Blade, 6/1/06

 

Two years after tackling the overgrown, litter-filled waterway that once was the Miami and Erie Canal, the Delphos Canal Commission will be recognized Saturday for the work being done to restore the towpath and canal.  "It's come a long way, and it's becoming a prized asset," said Neal Brady, executive director of the Miami and Erie Canal Corridor Association.

 

His group, along with the city and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Water, plans to bring special attention to the project as part of the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day Saturday.  After a brief ceremony at 1 p.m., visitors will hike along the towpath once used by teams of mules pulling canal boats.

 

"When something happens in the Miami and Erie Canal corridor, I want to celebrate it," Mr. Brady said.  "They've worked really hard on this. It's all been a grass-roots effort."

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Boneyard bought for $188,600

Fostoria Review Times, 6/23/06

 

Three years later, Fostoria can begin moving forward with construction plans for a train park after a deal was reached to purchase land which will house the future tourist attraction, Mayor John Davoli said this morning.

 

All the paperwork was signed and the Seneca County Court of Common Pleas was notified, Davoli said, that the city had agreed to pay Dick Elder, owner of a salvage yard at 410 Columbus Ave., $188,600 for his property.

 

The money comes from a revolving loan through the Fostoria Community Improvement Corporation and will be paid back through grant money and revenue from bed taxes, a surcharge on hotel patrons, according to Law Director Alicia Wolph-Roshong.  "The taxpayers don't pay a dime," she said.

 

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Fertilizer plant project begins near Fostoria

Toledo Blade, 6/9/06

 

Spring Valley, a fertilizer manufacturer from Jackson, Wisconsin, broke ground yesterday for a fertilizer plant on State Route 12, just west of Fostoria. 

 

Spring Valley specializes in making fertilizer for golf courses and the lawn-care industry.  The company also manufactures ice melt for sidewalks.

 

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Center is nearing completion

Fostoria Review Times, 6/30/06

 

Occupants will soon be welcomed all aboard as the Fostoria Early Childhood Development Center rolls to completion.  The tri-county center, which was designed to resemble a turn-of-the-century train depot, is expected to be finished by Aug. 1, Arlen Lowery, project manager, said.

 

The idea of the childhood center first emerged about eight years ago as a result of the outgrowth of need in the community for the services the center will provide.

 

To get these services, local families had to travel to the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities offices in the county seats -- Tiffin, Findlay and Bowling Green, Denny Studrawa, past facilitator of the project's steering committee, stated previously.

 

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Lakota BOE eyes new K-12

Fostoria Review Times, 7/18/06

 

Lakota Local Schools might get a new K-12 building if an application for extra funding passes through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.  The commission has an exceptional needs building replacement program that provides low-wealth districts the ability to protect their students with a new building.

 

Lakota is submitting applications for Central and East Elementary, and the junior high, but will get the K-12 building if just one of these is accepted. Maintenance Head Marvin Schroeder went around with an employee from Fanning/Howey, Associates, Inc., an engineering and architectural firm, to show the deterioration in the buildings.

 

"We must, as a community, strengthen one of the basic needs of our education system, and that is shelter," Acting Superintendent Beckie Heimlich said at Lakota's Board of Education meeting Monday at Central Elementary. She said Lakota's shelter system is substandard, and most of the repairshave been bandages that mask serious problems.

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Surveys to help determine direction of Fostoria downtown development

Fostoria Focus, 8/3/06

 

A final draft of Fostoria’s downtown revitalization plan is slated for spring, according to Danielle Steinhauser, community development specialist from Poggemeyer Design Group.  This was announced at the last downtown revitalization meeting, held Aug. 2 at the library. 

 

The meeting focused on economic restructuring of the downtown.  Surveys will be passed out to business owners, landlords, consumers, and high school students so as to help Poggemeyer determine economically viable businesses that will attract consumers to the downtown.

 

Survey questions will address a variety of topics, including the physical environment, shopping preferences, and retail establishments that consumers would like to see in Fostoria.  “We’ll grab recommendations from each one of these things to create a positive atmosphere for business in your downtown,” Steinhauser said.

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Committee blitzed by stadium backer

Fostoria Review Times, 8/30/06

 

After a heated special session Tuesday, the Fostoria Community Schools Facilities Committee decided to explore short- and long-term options for renovations at Memorial Stadium. 

 

William McGough, member of the Fostoria Board of Education, angrily derided the committee and other board members for not addressing the refurbishments with resources on hand.  "I don't understand why we are sitting here arguing," McGough said, "when we all know this needs to be done."

 

The matter was first brought to his attention early this month, McGough said at the Aug. 15 board meeting, by coaches and parents upset about the deteriorating condition of the stadium.  Near the end of Tuesday's meeting when the outcome was clear, McGough erupted after BOE President Linda Anderson said she understood his passion for the appearance of the stadium.

 

Fostoria Review Times: Board seeks funding for stadium work (8/26/06)

 

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Repair work at Fostoria Municipal Stadium discussed

Findlay Courier, 8/22/06

 

Fostoria Municipal Stadium needs a paint job and the blacktop around the facility needs to be repaired and sealed.  Fostoria Community School Board member William McGough thinks the work should be a priority to get the facility ready for the first home football game on Sept. 1.

 

He told board members during Monday's regular meeting, he sought bids from local painting contractors and has received one back that could be split into a two-year project. The first year would complete the walls, fence and railing at an estimated cost of $19,000. The initial work would also include filling cracks in the blacktop and seal the pavement around the stadium at an estimated cost of $1,000.

 

The second year of the project would cost an estimated $16,000 and include painting the seats, including numbers, and renumbering the rows.  He's still waiting for two other bids.

 

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Fostoria’s family center set to open

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 8/15/06

 

All aboard for the Community Early Childhood and Family Center in Fostoria.  The facility resembles a train depot with the large centralized area similar to Grand Central Station.

 

Flooring was provided by Roppe Corporation, and an inlaid railroad track winds its way around a field of green.  All the bordering WSOS color-coded classrooms depict a train depot.  Each is decorated with light colors and ground-level windows allow tots to view happenings in the adjoining room.

 

Seneca County’s early intervention program has its own space, and Fostoria pediatrician Carolyn Garcia is to open an office.

 

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Seneca County Health district is moving into new digs

Fostoria Review Times, 9/8/06

 

Seneca County General Health District's shift from its downtown offices to new facilities is about half complete, Health Commissioner Marjorie Broadhead told the Seneca County Board of Commissioners Thursday.

 

Broadhead -- accompanied by Nancy Howe, director of the Woman, Infants and Children program -- requested the phone lines at the health district's offices in the city building and 109 S. Main Street be moved to the Fostoria Community Early Childhood Development Center at 108 Kirk Street.

 

WIC has yet to leave its South Main Street location because technology has not been transferred to the center, Howe said, including computers and phone lines.  She said by expediting the phone line installation, which will be handled internally by the building's contractor, WIC will be able to shift services to its new home.

 

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From the 10/4/06 Fostoria Review Times:

 

Boneyard cleanup deadline extended

By RUSS ZIMMER

staff writer

 

With the scrap metal clear, the city administration will take a close look at the former salvage yard they purchased earlier this year with the intent to house a train park, Mayor John Davoli said.  Law Director Alicia Wolph-Roshong said Tuesday the city has given Dick Elder, owner of the Boneyard, an additional nine days to clear his property at 401 Columbus Avenue.

 

The city has owned the property since it negotiated a lower price, $188,600, than was reached in an eminent domain jury trial in March.  Davoli said on Oct. 9 he would accompany Zoning Inspector Tiffaney Shaver and representatives from the private sector on a tour of the property.

 

More at http://www.reviewtimes.com/News/backissues/2006/Oct/ar_news_100406.asp#story3

 

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Former Boneyard owner evicted

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 10/10/06

 

Amidst the Boneyard — a salvage business loaded with antiquated vehicles and twisted scrap of every conceivable shape and size — Fostoria plans its new railroad tourism project.  The locale also serves as the setting for an ongoing debate between the city and the Boneyard’s former owner, Richard Elder, whom city officials instructed to leave the property Monday morning after he failed to do so in the expanded time frame he was granted earlier this month.

 

Fostoria purchased the 401 Columbus Avenue operation from Elder in June after an eminent domain trial to acquire it and transform the scrapyard into a train-viewing center for rail enthusiasts and tourists.  Prior to the extension, Elder was given 100 days to clear the property.

 

Mayor John Davoli was present at the Boneyard Monday and said the actions were necessary to revitalize the look of the city and to go forward with the plans for the area, which the city is working on in conjunction with the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society.  “I’m not a big fan of eminent domain, but this hasn’t been a working business for years,” Davoli said.  “And it’s an eyesore at this point.”

 

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Committee working to bring skate park to Fostoria

Fostoria Focus, 12/3/06

 

You may have seen them skating down the street passing out flyers during the Halloween Parade.  But they say that the street can’t cut it for too much longer.  The Fostoria Skatepark Committee reportedly has the go-ahead from the city to build a skate park.  Now, they need to acquire the funds to get the park up and running.

 

“Basically, the city has already allotted the land ... and at this point it’s just a matter of whether or not people will donate their times and efforts,” said Erica Tobin, organizer of  the Fostoria Skatepark Committee.  The Fostoria Skatepark Committee has already approached the Parks and Recreation Committee about their project.

 

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Kiser Enterprise to receive $495,000 for expansion here

Fostoria Review Times, 2/19/07

 

A potential employer is expected to be the beneficiary of a nearly $500,000 grant for expansion with the approval of Fostoria City Council Tuesday.  Council will be asked to give first reading to a loan to Kiser Enterprises in the amount of $495,000 from the city's newly formed revolving loan fund.

 

Kiser is using the funds to purchase and then expand the Machine Tool and Fabrication plant on Sandusky Street. The expansion will include 10 new jobs. The business will specialize in metal fabrication and diversified tool and die manufacturing.  A $500,000 grant was awarded from the Ohio Department of Development to the company earlier this month.

 

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Quail Meadow opens in Fostoria

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 2/25/07

 

Bright sunlight streamed through the windows of the yet unfurnished community room at Quail Meadow in Fostoria Thursday afternoon at the Commission on Aging Board of Directors meeting.  A fireplace blazed in the corner of this newly opened facility for seniors 55 and older, located on Stearns Road between SR 199 and U.S. 23, provides convenient access to the Plaza Shopping Center.

 

One- and two-bedroom apartments are available while some feature a third room entered through French doors.  A computer room is to be provided for communicating as well as areas for sewing and crafts.  Interested seniors should contact the Commission on Aging for an application.

 

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Fostoria cheers ethanol plant

By JIM MAURER

Staff Writer

The Findlay Courier

 

FOSTORIA -- Fostoria officials were celebrating Wednesday after Broin Companies unveiled plans to build a $105 million ethanol plant there.  The 50,000-square-foot plant will be constructed on a portion of 250 acres

of land on the eastern edge of Fostoria.  The plant is expected to employ about 40 people in technical jobs, and will have annual gross sales of $100 million.

 

The facility, to be located off Ohio 12 east of Fostoria, just west of Township Road 47 (Yochum Road) and north of County Road 60, will produce about 65 million gallons of the alternative fuel annually.  The facility will be north of the Norfolk Southern Railroad line and a rail spur will be installed so train cars can haul corn to the plant.  The facility will operate under the name Fostoria Ethanol.

 

Construction will begin in late April or early May and take 12-14 months to complete.  A total of 50-200 construction personnel will be working at the site throughout the building process.  The property already has been rezoned M-2 (general business) from agriculture.

 

MORE: http://www.thecourier.com

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Hospital preparing for $4.6 million expansion

Fostoria Review Times, 6/12/07

 

A $4.6 million expansion to Fostoria Community Hospital is tentatively scheduled for completion in mid-January 2008, according to hospital president Tim Jakacki.  "Before the end of the month, we should see some (construction) activity here," Jakacki said during a presentation at the hospital Monday evening.

 

The project's primary addition will be a new diagnostic center, which would place radiology, MRI and other emergency department technology in close proximity to each other, Jakacki said.  The expansion will create — on the eastern side of the campus — or affect more than 15,000 square feet, including a new lobby and a revamped, but consistent, decor.

 

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Fostoria: Vision for downtown area presented

 

A "new" downtown Fostoria — more pedestrian-friendly, geared toward local residents' needs, and promoting the city's glass and train heritage — is the goal of the recently-completed downtown revitalization plan.  The "road map" will now be utilized by a steering committee as a long-range plan for the city's business district. An upgrade of the downtown area was last undertaken in the early 1980s.  A summary of the plan was submitted to Fostoria City Council this week.

 

The improvement plan is a joint effort of the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. (FEDC), Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and the city administration.  The steering committee worked with Danielle Steinhauser, a community development specialist with Poggemeyer Design Group, a Bowling Green engineering, architectural and design firm.  The company was hired by FEDC to help develop the downtown revitalization plan.

 

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FCH to receive zoning permit

Fostoria Review Times, 6/15/07

 

A zoning permit number will be supplied to ProMedica next week, allowing the operators of Fostoria Community Hospital to move forward with plans for a $4.6 million addition and renovation at the Van Buren Street facility.  The planning commission approved a site plan, with conditions, submitted by the hospital and MBA Architects, the firm which provided the design plans.

 

City engineer Dan Thornton requested the hospital make certain changes, such as expanding parking spaces and shrinking a storm water line, before they become problems down the road.  "I had some comments, but it looks like they were addressed already," Thornton said at the beginning of Thursday's meeting.

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Quail Meadow apartments celebrate grand opening

Fostoria Focus, 6/17/07

 

Area seniors were able to celebrate two events this Wednesday, June 13, in Fostoria.  The day marked the celebration of Senior Day in Fostoria, along with the grand opening of Quail Meadow apartments, a senior living facility located on Stearns Road. 

 

Local businesses and senior groups were on hand at the apartment complex to honor area seniors, as well as the opening of Quail Meadow.  The building contains 50 living units, 15 of which are already full.  Along with its apartments, Quail Meadow has a common living area, grandchild play area, and extra storage for residents.

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rail festival on track

By WILL MALONE

Staff Writer

 

The 7th annual Fostoria Rail Festival will pull into downtown this weekend, towing enough locomotive-themed cargo to sate even the most avid railfans. Of course, the festival sponsor, Fostoria Rail Preservation Society, intends to include a wide array of activities to entertain the whole family. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, festival visitors can scavenge for train models, participate in children's activities and sample local cuisine at the downtown free event.

 

In addition, an Iron Triangle Swap Meet will be under way at Fostoria Middle School, 1202 H.L. Ford Drive. Festival organizers moved the swap meet to FMS in response the festival's increasing attendance. The swap meet grew from 65 tables last year and 35 the year prior to an expected 115 tables this weekend. Event organizers can only estimate that thousands attend the festival, since admission traditionally has been free.

 

MORE: http://www.reviewtimes.com/Issues/2008/Sep/18/ar_news_091808_story2.asp?d=091808_story2,2008,Sep,18&c=n

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