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Warehouse District has a neighborly feel

Market will join businesses, condos

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

A neighborhood truly has soul, downtown residents say, once a cup of coffee and a gourmet market are within walking and smelling distance.

Toledo's Warehouse District is halfway there.

 

For more info, click the link

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

 

 

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Great news for Toledo!  I need to make the trek up I-75 again to check out the changes in the Glass City.

 

....and 38 percent will be empty-nesters and retirees.

 

..one doesn't usually associate this demographic with loft or in-town living but I can see this developing into an new market niche.

 

 

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super news for downtown toledo.

 

boy, is there any city that has not redeveloped it's old warehouse district into apts? it's quite an ongoing real estate trend.

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Yeah, basically anyone without children is the target market for in-city living.  Retirees are alot more like young professionals in their needs than they are like families with kids.

 

Anyway, this is fantastic news for the "other" Warehouse District in Ohio.

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Actually i didnt know Toledo had a warehouse district.  I do think Toledo was a pioneer in loft conversions here in Ohio as I think they redeveloped an old downtown department store into lofts a few years ago, before this trend hit Dayton in a big way.

 

 

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Talk about under the radar - Toledo needs to really market this area. I knew about the Old West End mansions but never once heard about Toledo's Warehouse District.

 

"I do think Toledo was a pioneer in loft conversions here in Ohio as I think they redeveloped an old downtown department store into lofts a few years ago, before this trend hit Dayton in a big way."

 

When did Toledo renovate the department store? The reason I ask is that in Cleveland, the Bradley Building (one of the first conversions in the Warehouse District) was rehabbed in 1985.

 

 

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help my t-town memory is fading. as i'm looking at the map i'm wondering is the warehouse area the same area that used to be toledo's mini-greektown? seems like it. if no, where was the 'lil greektown area in relation? thanks!

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When did Toledo do its renovation, I think it was the mid 90s...

 

I think Dayton was doing some small scale loft renovations by then,  too (I recall going to a party at a loft in an old commericial bldg at the intersection of St Clair and 1st street back in the early to mid 90s), but it was sort of onesys and twosys....not the big building renovations we are currently seeing.

 

 

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Yeah, the big 11 story department store was Lasalle's, and I think Jeff was right about it being renovated in the mid 90's. Toledo also renovated the old Hillcrest Hotel on the outskirts of downtown around then too. The 290 foot Toledo Trust Building (once one of the tallest buildings in the world outside of New York and Ohio's tallest when it opened back in 1912. Today, it's Toledo's 5th tallest) was renovated in the late 90's into apartments. The 225 foot Commodore Perry Hotel was also made into apartments around then. I don't know if Toledo is exactly a pioneer in this area, as it seems every old industrial powerhouse is doing the same thing, but we've definetely saved some of our old abandoned high rises from the wrecking ball. And of course, the warehouse district has been doing pretty good, and Toledo now has an actual big-city club scene downtown with Club Rain, Club Eclipse, The Emporium and the like. All this has happened within the last five years. There are still some massive old buildings in the warehouse district that are abaondoned, but I think in due time they will be filled. Now if only the damn Fiberglass Tower could be converted.

 

btw, I was unaware Toledo had a mini Greektown in the past (I always thought we shared ours with Detroit), but I am just a young gun. I doubt it would have been in the Warehouse District though. Probably closer to Mano's Greek Restaurant just outside downtown on the west side. It's pretty close to the Hillcrest.

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Toledo now has an actual big-city club scene downtown with Club Rain, Club Eclipse, The Emporium and the like. All this has happened within the last five years.

 

....this would be a big change from when I was up there in the early 90s.  Back then Toledo seemed pretty dead compared to Dayton in the area of nightlife and live music. 

 

I'm thinking a return visit  might be in order.

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Berdan Building eyed as new retail center

Owner ready to sell it, other sites in downtown Warehouse District

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

Toledo's Warehouse District could be adding retail in the empty Berdan Building as the owner prepares to sell it and other nearby buildings that surround Fifth Third Field.

David Root, who once had a vision of developing the area into a SoHo-style community called Huron Street Village, is preparing to sell the buildings, several of which have existing businesses with leases, including the Bronze Boar and Grumpy's restaurant.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

 

 

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From the 6/5/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Interior, furnished model

 

DOWNTOWN TOLEDO WAREHOUSE CONVERSION

 

A furnished model offers a glimpse of how a finished condo at the Bartley Lofts project in downtown Toledo could look. The first 15 residents are expected to move into the 52-unit building at Washington and Ontario streets in August. The remaining units in the former warehouse average 1,650 square feet and are priced from $187,000 to $360,000.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050605/BUSINESS05/506040309/-1/BUSINESS

 

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I just wanted to start a thread on the newest housing in Toledo's warehouse district. Bartley Lofts is pretty sweet in my eyes with a roof-top pool and secure parking under the building. There will be move-ins next month for this awesome place. Riverwest Townhomes is a large in-fill project in the formely ghetto warehouse district.

 

I drove out to Maumee Bay two days ago, and was greeted by something very rare in downtown Toledo- a crane!! (I was ready to cry with joy) The warehouse district is taking off, and downtown is starting to live again. One of Toledo's prominent nightclub owners just announced plans to open a half dozen more nightclubs downtown this summer (He already owns Rain- which sports long lines on weekends). Here are some links to Toledo's newest developments. I'm curious to see what y'all think.

 

http://www.bartleylofts.com/

 

http://www.riverwesttownhomes.com/index.html

 

 

 

 

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I was downtown at club Fuse this past weekend and it looked like club Rain was being raided for drugs, and club Fuse ran out of beer at 12:30am. I think my roomates and myself have a better bar then they do! The club owners downtown really have to get their shit together or everything is going to turn into the Main Event which was a cool place but was shut down after a few raids. Hopefully with those new developments in the warehouse district they can get some better bars/clubs.

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From the 6/30/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

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( THE BLADE/HERRAL LONG )

 

TOLEDO: DOWNTOWN REHAB

A warehouse at the corner of Ontario and Washington steets in downtown Toledo is being rehabilitated into the Bartley Lofts apartments. The first residents are expected to move into the 52-unit building in July or August. The lofts average 1,650 square feet and are priced from $187,000 to $360,000.

 

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This is a smaller project--I thought I'd stick it here.  From the 8/8/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

More apartments planned downtown

Site is about 2 blocks from ballpark

 

Storage spaces and apartments are planned for a Toledo warehouse near Fifth Third Field.

 

Developers want to convert the warehouse at 34 South Erie St., about two blocks from the ballpark, into apartments, with parking on the first floor and several other floors used for storage units and office space.

 

Triangle Building LLC of Toledo, through Realtor Keith Brown, has asked the Toledo Plan Commission to rezone the site from "limited industrial" to "downtown commercial." They've also asked the commission to suspend the city zoning code pertaining to commercial zoning to allow storage units at the site, which is not permitted under the code. The issues are on the agenda for the board's Thursday meeting.

 

The commission staff recommended rezoning and suspending the city code, noting that the project fits into the Downtown Toledo Master Plan.

 

...

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050808/NEWS16/508080323/-1/NEWS

 

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More on the Triangle from the 8/11/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: The 105-year-old structure once housed a hardware firm.  ( THE BLADE/ALYSSA SCHUKAR )

 

‘Triangle building’ considered as site for new loft apartments

By GARY T. PAKULSKI

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

Once the divisional headquarters for a St. Louis hardware supply chain, the 105-year-old “triangle building” is the latest downtown Toledo warehouse being eyed by developers for conversion to apartment lofts.

 

Developer Keith Brown, spokesman for an investment group responsible for the Bartley Lofts project under way nearby, wants to put 40 apartments, offices, and storage units in the seven-story structure in the Warehouse District on South Erie Street at Lafayette.

 

Contact Gary Pakulski at:gpakulski@theblade.com or 419-724-6082.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050811/BUSINESS05/50811015/-1/BUSINESS

 

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Awesome news to hear The Triangle might become lofts. That is one of my favorite high-rise buildings in Toledo. It actually is quite tall for seven floors- 125 feet. It is an integral part of the skyline coming into downtown from the southwest. It stands all by itself on the southwest corner of the warehouse district and is totally unobstructed.

 

This article was great. 1500 new units over the next five years is amazing! Downtown Toledo is coming up fast!

 

I also read in the Blade about a month ago that there are 20 investors interested in the 400 foot tall Fiberglass Tower right now. Maybe that will become apartments or perhaps a hybrid of residential and commercial? I could only imagine the views from the top floors of that building. Just out of curiosity, are there any skyscrapers in Ohio that have done this?

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Apparently there are enough exciting projects for a tour.  This is from the 9/19/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Tom Spencer of Toledo, left, takes in the sweeping view of the downtown Toledo skyline at the St. Clair Street residence of Janet Albright and Richard Rideout during the Wander the Warehouse District Loft, Office, and Home tour.  ( THE BLADE/ANDREW MCMURTRIE )

 

PHOTO: The Warehouse District home of Janet Albright and Richard Rideout is inspected by Kevin and Zandra Piasecki of Toledo. Yesterday's tour provided visitors a chance to see how the older structures have been renovated into living quarters.  ( THE BLADE/ANDREW MCMURTRIE )

 

Downtown dwellers show off lofty nests

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

For Janet Albright, opening her Warehouse District home to the public yesterday was a no-brainer.

 

"First thing people say when they walk in is 'Oh my God, I didn't think Toledo could look like this,'" Ms. Albright said. "It's like people who have lived in Toledo their whole lives have never been downtown."

 

The home of Ms. Albright and her husband, Richard Rideout, who spent 18 months renovating 1 St. Clair St., was among seven locations that took part in the Wander the Warehouse District tour.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050919/NEWS16/509190350/-1/NEWS

 

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http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051028/NEWS16/510280337/-1/NEWS

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Article published October 28, 2005

 

Meetings called to solicit ideas for growth

Warehouse District, Uptown seek vibrancy

 

 

 

By TAD VEZNER

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

Dreamers and designers looking to develop the outskirts of downtown Toledo will get together this weekend in hopes of creating a tight package of ideas to attract developers and future residents.

 

 

Representatives of the Uptown Association and the Toledo Warehouse District Association will hold a two-day brainstorming session, starting tonight, with the goal of drawing a focused, saleable picture of their districts' futures.

 

Contact Tad Vezner at:

tvezner@theblade.com

 

 

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An update on the Berdan Building from the 10/29/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Warehouse District's Berdan Building set to get $16M facelift

By ERICA BLAKE

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

In another sign that Fifth Third Field has sparked a renaissance in the once-dilapidated Warehouse District, local developers are planning a $16 million rehabilitation project for the shuttered Berdan Building.

 

Parkstone Berdan Building LLC has undertaken the renovation of the structure at 1 South Erie St., at Washington St., with plans to turn it into office, retail, and possibly residential space.

 

Contact Erica Blake at:

eblake@theblade.com or 419-724-6076.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/NEWS08/510290366/-1/NEWS

 

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UT could move law school near downtown ballpark

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITeR

 

The University of Toledo is considering a proposal to relocate its law school from just off the Towerview Boulevard side of the main campus to the historic Berdan Building downtown near Fifth Third Field, The Blade has learned.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com or 419-724-6077.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/NEWS21/603190340

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how close is UT to downtown....this is a very interesting proposal. I'm sure that the housing market surrounding the law school would be greatly impacted. I also had no idea that UT was merging with another school. This seems like a very interesting idea and i look foreward to seeing this develop... I hope that UC would do something like this....I would love for DAAP or the Law school to move downtown....It would be amazing :-D

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^It's pretty far from downtown, at least 5 or 6 miles. It's outside of "Old Toledo" in a newer area by Ottawa Hills. There have been many talks of building a rail system from UT to downtown, and I think this would be great, especially if the law school moves downtown. The Berdan Building is quite sexy btw :wink:

 

The merger of UT and MUO is creating the third largest university in Ohio, and is really getting people excited up here. I'm in Toledo/Bowling Green right now for spring break, and I had no idea how big of a deal the merger was until I got home.

 

UT's programs are considered lackluster at best (excluding engineering/pharmacy), but having a large med school will add prestige. UT has always been known as a "ghetto school" and is one of the most diverse schools in the Midwest, and I'm pretty sure the most diverse school in Ohio. Unfortunately, some of this diversity came about because of the school's open enrollment policy (they literally take ANYONE). The merger will probably change that and UT could even have waiting lists (the school's popualtion has gone down drastically over the last 5 or 10 years). I just hope it's able to maintain its level of diversity, which is a mix of many international students, and then minorities from inner-city schools. The extremely high level of diversity has always been my favorite thing about UT. You just don't see that diversity and multi-culturalism in most of Ohio.

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From the 3/22/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Konop says law school move will fuel jobs

By JOSHUA BOAK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Moving the University of Toledo’s law school downtown is “one piece of the puzzle that creates jobs,” said Ben Konop, a Democrat running for Lucas County commissioner.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/NEWS09/60322058/-1/NEWS

 

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This area has gone through a huge redevelopment change since the new ball stadium opened up (2002) in the Warehouse District that located south of downtown:

 

Warehouse District Tony Packo's (opened April '06)

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St. Patrick's Catholic Church

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Grumpy's

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Fricker's

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Huron Street

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Bronze Boar

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Berdan Building which is slated for a newly located UT Law School

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Bassett

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5/3 Field where the Toledo Mud Hens play and this July 10-12, 2006 Toledo will be hosting the All-Stars International League Games/Festivities

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Farmer's Market

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Bartley Lofts

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View of downtown from the top of Bartely Lofts

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Ottawa Lofts

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Water Street skyline shots (1st one is the Warehouse District and 2nd one is downtown)

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Ontario Street

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Erie Street Market

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Huron Lofts

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RiverWest townhomes

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Saint Clair Street Shops

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Swan Creek Candle & Antique Shop

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Triangle Building which is planned to be converted into market-rate condominiums starting $200K

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Owens Corning World Headquarters

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Oliver House

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Great Lakes Warehouse

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Union Station

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View of downtown from the Union Station

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Some really cool buildings in there, esp. the Triangle. I like how 5/3 is built into the block somewhat.

 

But I have to say, those Riverwest Condos...they make me think of the projects in Good Times. And I don't mean dinomite.

 

Again, thanks and welcome!

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toledos tallest looks like columbus's tallest.

 

I'm assuming you're talking about the 400-foot Fiberglass Tower which is Toledo's second tallest. One Seagate is a little taller at 411 or 440 feet (depends where you find the stats). Pictures from the south make Fiberglass look much taller since it's very skinny on that side and is very far away from One Seagate. If it stood right next to One Seagate, it would look a little shorter.

 

Regardless, Fiberglass does have similarities to Rhodes, but I'd say Fiberglass is much more straight-forward international-style, and Rhodes is well...

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bonjour indeed. fantastic job.  :clap:

 

we never get to see much toledo. makes me miss the place. how nice to hear about, but now finally get to see, all that development. i am more than a bit shocked by it. looks like they are doing all the right things. i hope you can shoot and post more soon!

 

and thank gawd that old shed the rec center is history, yeesh. the new one is in the right spot and looks great. who does not love the best aaa baseball team ever, the toledo goohens  :laugh:

 

 

 

whoops wrong bird i meant the mudhens  :wink:

 

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