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From the 11/20/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Grant will pay for slips at proposed marina

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a $226,500 grant to the city of Toledo to build transient boat moorage at the proposed Marina District’s public marina along the Maumee River.

 

The Boating Infrastructure Grant will pay for construction of 20 boat slips at the marina that will be reserved for use by boaters visiting the Marina District and the rest of downtown Toledo.

 

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From the 12/15/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Work under way on 1st phase of Marina District

180 boat slips, ship terminal, connecting road are planned

 

Stacks of steel I-beams near the shuttered Acme power plant attest to the beginning of something Toledo residents have looked forward to for five years - actual construction in the Marina District.

 

William Carroll, the city's director of economic and community development, yesterday showed off the early stages of $7.6-million worth of construction on a public marina, a passenger ship terminal, and a new road.

 

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Article published January 10, 2006

 

Downtown arena scores support of top officials

Responsible funding called key to project

 

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and ERICA BLAKE

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

After years of squabbling, local officials have agreed a new 10,000-seat sports arena for Toledo Storm hockey, basketball, concerts, and other events should be downtown, within walking distance of SeaGate Centre.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

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"I've argued this, and I'm tired. It ends up like a pissing match, and it makes [us] sound like a bunch of adolescents to argue location. It's [about] what's practical," he said. "It's time to move on, let's get the thing built, because the [construction] numbers keep rising, and it's never going to get cheaper."

 

so well put.

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i doubt it would happen, but i wish they could just refurbish the sports arena -- like hara in dayton it's quite the old school classic arena:

 

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Toledo Sports Arena - Toledo, OH, USA 05.01.1988

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From the 1/18/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Mayor sets deadlines for Marina District

Developer ordered to sign 1st anchor

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, who is challenging plans to remake the Westgate Village Shopping Center, sent a letter to the developer of the Marina District to complain that the company has not been "aggressive" in attracting a retail anchor.

 

Blade staff writer Erica Blake contributed to this report.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com or 419-724-6077.

 

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Toledo casts wide net to lure Bass Pro to Marina District

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

 

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner spent four hours yesterday morning with Bass Pro Shops President Jim Hagale, including escorting him on a helicopter tour to show off the city's interstate access points.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

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Hmm, I've never heard of Bass Pro Shops, but the name alone makes it seem like a good fit for the Marina District, especially since a new marina is already under construction near the old power plant. I think it would have regional draw given the heavy amount of fishing in the Maumee River and Western Lake Erie (one of the best freshwater fisheries in the world). I guess I'm now moving the Marina District away from the "pipe dream" category and into possibly the "great urban redevelopment" category. My biggest fears now are too much surface parking (not that it can get much worse than the mass of asphalt for the Sports Arena), and not enough waterfront access. I'd like to see some new proposals.

 

The downtown arena is a good idea, but after studying the propsed sites, I'm hoping they can save the old buildings on them or maybe build the thing on the old Paramount Block, which is just a massive surface lot. The former Paramount block may not be next to the Seagate Center, but it's within easy walking distance (maybe like 10 minutes at most) and close to the nightclub district. The proposed location over Superior Street behind the National City Tower seems like it would take out a few historic landmarks, albeit small landmarks. The proposal for a arena over Summit Street (Summit Street would have a tunnel under the arena) in the warehouse district has me worried too. It doesn't seem like there's enough room between the old buildings and Swan Creek to build a 10,000 seat arena without some pretty big tear-downs. I could be wrong though.

 

One of the main reasons I supported the Mud Hens moving from Maumee to downtown Toledo was because the location of Fifth Third Field couldn't have been better. It was built on two blocks of almost entirely surface lots, and all the intact old buildings were integrated right into the stadium design! Only a few, small, decrepit buildings were lost. I had never seen such a big-ticket project work so hard to save abandoned buildings, and thankfully, all the suburbanites who go to Mud Hens games took notice and loved it.

 

BUT, the Hen House is a baseball stadium, not an arena. I would assume it's easier to integrate existing structures into a Triple-A baseball stadium than it is for a 10,000 seat hockey arena. The arena will involve a couple tear-downs no matter what, but I hope it is limited as much as possible.

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Article published January 25, 2006

 

Toledo throws in kitchen sink to woo retailer

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

 

Toledo has thrown everything in its bid for Bass Pro Shops to come to the Marina District, including the kitchen sink.

 

In addition to hearing a high school band play the Notre Dame fight song and taking a helicopter to tour Toledo, Bass Pro president Jim Hagale, scouting the region Monday for a new location, also was subjected to kitchen-sink schtick.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

 

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After 2 decades of stagnation Toledo finally seems to be waking up again. Over a half billion dollar investment by GM, the multi-million dollar Marina district, the new sports arena, Glass City Skyway supposably the most expensive bridge in Ohio history, Glass Pavillion, Jim Jacksons luxury apartments, Westgate revitalization, $800 million school restructuring, UT-MUO merger, Southwyck open air mall.

 

 

Sheeh..Even if only half these projects are done ill be satisfied...

 

 

 

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Article published February 7, 2006

 

4 locations are eyed for new arena downtown; favorite is between Jefferson and Madison

 

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

It might be the worst-kept secret in Toledo that there are four prospective sites for an arena in downtown surrounding SeaGate Centre.

 

But Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said he is leaning toward one of them - an area between Jefferson and Madison avenues running from Summit Street through Superior Street toward Huron Street. It would encompass the Subway restaurant and Club Bijou, and extend perhaps across Frogtown Alley.

 

Contact Tom Troy at:

tomtroy@theblade.com

or 419-724-6058.

 

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Where is the SeaGate Center in reference to the above photo? It looks like that area downtown has a lot of promise, especially that surface lot next to the parking garage. A row of condos/apartments with ground-level retail stretching that block would be magnificent. I'm still somewhat undecided on whether plunking the arena in the middle of downtown like that would be a good idea. If it's connected to the convention center, like in Louisville or St. Louis, it could be a great thing for Toledo's downtown. Otherwise, I like the site in the Marina District better.

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Also from the 2/7/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

East Toledo renews call to keep arena at Marina

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

While the idea of a downtown arena is favored by Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and others, East Toledo residents' hopes of keeping a new facility on their side of the Maumee River refuse to fade.

 

A grass-roots movement with the battle cry "Keep the Arena at the Marina" has scheduled a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Toledo Family Center, 1020 Varland Ave.

 

Contact Tom Troy at:

tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.

 

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Where is the SeaGate Center in reference to the above photo? It looks like that area downtown has a lot of promise, especially that surface lot next to the parking garage. A row of condos/apartments with ground-level retail stretching that block would be magnificent. I'm still somewhat undecided on whether plunking the arena in the middle of downtown like that would be a good idea. If it's connected to the convention center, like in Louisville or St. Louis, it could be a great thing for Toledo's downtown. Otherwise, I like the site in the Marina District better.

 

The Seagate Center is basically located where that picture was taken from. The picture looks like it was taken from the Secor Hotel, and the Seagate Center is attached to that building.

 

My only fears for this site are some of the buidlings that would probably be lost. Club Bijou has been a cultural mecca in Toledo for a while, and it brings in the most diverse lineup of music acts in the city. There's a lot of love for this club (it's the on the left of the photo). There's also an historic Chinese Restaurant, and a couple old low-rises. All these buildings are on the block to the west of the surface lot. That surface lot does have to go though. I really hope the arena doesn't extend past Frogtown Alley. There a lot of nice, old buildings there that I'd hate to see go. They really need to design the arena so it stops at Frogtown Alley, and doesn't take out the KeyBank Building, which is a classic.

 

I think this spot was picked as best mainly because it is right next to Seagate, and has two very large parking garages close to it.

 

My personal pick for the arena would be to put it on the old Paramount Block. I don't think any buildings would have to be lost, and it is only a couple blocks away from this site. But, at this point, I just want to see the arena built, whether on Jefferson or anywhere else.

 

I also think the site of the former Federal Building on Summit Street should be looked at. The building was an ungly, 1960's mid-rise that was razed in the 1990's and now is an empty grass field next to Promenade Park. That actually wouldn't be a bad site as long as they left room for parkland on the river, which I don't think would be a problem. It's next to the Seagate Center, two large hotels, and large parking garages.

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Another question looming is the fate of the empty, 30-story Owens Corning Fiberglas Tower, which sits on Summit Street and could be razed as part of a downtown arena project. It used to be the corporate headquarters of Owens Corning before the firm relocated to the Middlegrounds area on the Maumee River.

 

God, that scares the shit out of me, but I think that's more the media working its fear machine than anything else. I've never seen actual quotes proposing tearing down the 400-foot skyscraper. I think the building should be renovated into a hybrid office/condo tower. I can't see it housing another large corporation like OC, but I could see a handful of small companies setting up shop there, and I could see people buying condos on the top 10 or 15 floors, as they have outstanding views of the river and downtown.

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here's my proposed site. The site is the grass field with the orange fence. The arena could also be built over Summit Street and there could be a tunnel under the arena for the highway. The tunnel idea was proposed in another location. If that was done, there would be more than enough room for parkland on the river.

 

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Over a half billion dollar investment by GM, the multi-million dollar Marina district, the new sports arena, Glass City Skyway supposably the most expensive bridge in Ohio history, Glass Pavillion, Jim Jacksons luxury apartments, Westgate revitalization, $800 million school restructuring, UT-MUO merger, Southwyck open air mall.

 

bobo, I'd say most of these will happen. The bridge is practically done, and indeed it is by far the most expensive project ODOT has ever undertaken. It will be so impressive when completed! Only one bridge will structurally overshadow it in the Midwest, and that is of course the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan (nothing can touch that anyway). The new sports arena is going to happen no matter what, because of how badly it is needed, and the fact that hockey is huge in Toledo (ABA basketball, not as much, but that could be partly due to the fact they play in the Seagate Center and not a real arena). Toledo's just had one hell of a pissing match over where it should be located. Glass Pavillion obviously is a go and all money is there to complete it. Jimmy Jackson's projects are going to happen too, as he has fronted a lot of money- few NBA stars have given as much back to their hometown as Jimmy Jackson has. The school renovations and re-building have begun and all the money is there to complete them. UT-MUO also is a sure thing.

 

Now Southwyck and Westgate....hmmmm. I think it's too early to draw any conclusions on these projects. The money is not there yet, and who knows what the final results will be. I'd also throw the Fallen Timbers mall in with these guys too. Franklin Park's renovation really threw a wrench in the spokes for other local malls. Levis Commons didn't help either.

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From the 2/10/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: John Fye is among a group of east-side residents who wants the city to build a sports arena near the planned Marina District. East Toledoans gathered last night and pledged to press the Toledo administration to uphold a 2001 vote that would allow the city to provide financial support for an arena in that part of Toledo.  ( THE BLADE/HERRAL LONG )

 

East siders seek unity over Sports Arena

Rally next week will urge officials to keep their word about location

 

The consensus of more than 40 east siders crammed into a meeting room last night was clear: They voted in 2001 for a sports arena in East Toledo, and they intend to remind city and county officials of their resolve.

 

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"The east siders have the real estate. We own the river," Mr. Fye said. "Everybody has to own up to that."

 

Really???? Since when did people own a river? That's the most the ridiculous thing I've ever heard. The East Side does have a great shoreline (or potentially great if things are done right) with International Park, The Docks, and the Marina District, but c'mon now. The  other side of Toledo has equal claim to the river, and has a great riverfront too- Promenade Park and Owens Corning Nature Walk, etc.

 

That comment really makes East Toledo sound like a seperate city from the rest of Toledo.

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Heh...East Toledoans have a serious inferiority complex. They are the only ones who speak as if they dont belong to Toledo (i.e. "we own the river/real estate".) They dont realize nobody really cares. I just wanna see the shovels hit the ground ASAP, hell almost anywhere is fine with me.

 

Ideally I would like to see the old arena torn down for an expanded Marina Distict in the near future. Maybe even just have it connect with international park and "the Docks" so it could be just one huge entertainment district. I'll be pissed if they go the rehabiltation route with the old arena. Toledo needs to start going the high quality route instead of doing things half-assed.

 

 

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From the 2/11/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Mayor picks Marina District chief

 

Toledo's Marina District project will start getting the attention of a paid coordinator, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said yesterday.

 

Mr. Finkbeiner said Don Monroe, executive director of River East Economic Revitalization Association, will be project coordinator for the development.

 

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From the 2/16/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

MAPS: Luring Bass Pro Shops

 

Cities await Bass Pro with bated breath

Officials offer tax breaks to lure retailer

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

Bass Pro Shops, a major retail operation, appears to be an expensive date.

 

The company is being courted by Toledo and Rossford. But unlike true love, the relationship could hinge on which tax incentive package is richer.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com or 419-724-6077.

 

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From the 2/21/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Marina District construction is top '06 priority

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Actual retail or residential construction in 2006 - that's the goal of the Marina District oversight committee that has begun weekly meetings aimed at turning the dream into reality.

 

Don Monroe, newly named coordinator of the Marina District, said the priorities are to find developers for homes, an ice practice facility, and a public marina.

 

Contact Tom Troy at:

tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.[/i]

 

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Sounds interesting. I came across a 2004 article where someone was poo-pooing the residential and said the district should focus on drawing out of towners. Yeah, right. This is Toledo we're talking about. I just don't think this would be enough to draw in tourists. They have one of the best art museums in the country, but that doesn't do the job. I like it, though. I'm glad they're making the smart decision and making residential areas a focus. I saw an estimated 1,500 units proposed, but is it still that many?

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^I mostly agree with your above post, but don't forget the zoo too!

 

I don't know what is in place as far as residential goes, but I would imagine it to be less than 1500 unites, maybe even half that. The reason I say this is because the Warehouse District in downtown Toledo has been booming and many historic buildings have been converted or about to be converted. There has been in-fill too. All this makes me think developers will be more hesitant in building residential in the East Side. There is more competition.

 

Old proposals I saw included some mixed-use low-rise and mid-rise apartment buildings.

 

 

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Article published February 22, 2006

 

County is set to hire planner for arena

2-0 vote endorses consultant Chema

 

By ERICA BLAKE

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

The Lucas County commissioners decided yesterday to move ahead on a proposed downtown Toledo arena, with the help of the consultant who brought about Fifth Third Field.

 

The commissioners voted 2-0, with Commissioner Maggie Thurber absent, to negotiate an agreement with Tom Chema's Gateway Consulting Group, which handled the financially successful downtown baseball stadium that opened in 2002.

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One of the early favorites is an area between Jefferson and Madison avenues running from Summit Street through Superior Street toward Huron Street. It would encompass the Subway restaurant and Club Bijou, and extend perhaps across Frogtown Alley.

 

Something tells me the Blade screwed up here. That would be the largest arena on earth if it went from Summit Street to Frogtown Alley (and would take out the Fiberglass Tower and two large parking garages). I think they meant from St. Clair through Superior Street, which could still take out National City's parking garage, but I assume the arena would have its own underground facilities to make up for it if they needed they needed to tear down the parking garage. I do however think there's enough room between the parking garage and Frogtown Alley for a 10,000-seat arena. It'd just be tight and the arena would butt right up to other structures. God forbid there's some high density there! :roll:

 

I don't know why everyone overlooks the Paramount Block or the former site of the Federal Building between Summit and Water Streets. That land would be incredibly easy to develop as there's nothing on it. Yeah, they may not be across the street from Seagate Center, but they're pretty damn close. I don't think people would be so lazy that they would disdain walking two or three blocks from the arena to Seagate Center. Then again, I could be wrong...

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From the 3/1/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

MAP: Courting a downtown arena (4 potential sites)

 

MAP: Possible arena site (breakdown of site ownership)

 

Landowners vow support to get arena

Superior St. businessmen willing to sell to the county

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

A new downtown Toledo Sports Arena could be a bonanza for some property owners, including Club Bijou owner Kip Diacou and others along North Superior Street between Jefferson Avenue and KeyBank at Madison.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com or 419-724-6077.

 

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Article published March 7, 2006

 

$15M offered to lure arena downtown; Lucas County, state leaders weigh in on Toledo site

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

 

Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz said yesterday that his office would float up to $15 million in bonds as seed money for a sports arena in downtown Toledo.

 

“My office is going to play a role in this,” he told The Blade. “The arena’s definitely doable — at least the first $15 million.”

 

Jim Provance of The Blade’s Columbus bureau contributed to this report

 

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

 

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From the 3/8/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Bond deal could bind Marina, arena plans

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

A downtown arena and an amphitheater for the east-side Marina District may be linked together in one big bond deal that would assure the projects live or die together, The Blade has learned.

 

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken and Mayor Carty Finkbeiner agreed in a meeting yesterday that a downtown arena - estimated at between $50 million and $70 million - and the residential-and-retail Marina District project proposed on the east side of the Maumee River need to succeed together, Mr. Gerken said.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com or 419-724-6077.

 

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Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken and Mayor Carty Finkbeiner agreed in a meeting yesterday that a downtown arena - estimated at between $50 million and $70 million - and the residential-and-retail Marina District project proposed on the east side of the Maumee River need to succeed together, Mr. Gerken said.

 

I agree. East Toledo should not be ignored. Especially when considering this perspective:

 

“First, we have to give up the arena, now we have to pay $5 million for the [current] arena, and now they’re taking away money earmarked for the Marina District. Why not just blow up the Martin Luther King, Jr., Bridge and be done with it? Cut us off.”

 

Here are the proposed sites:

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My personal favorites for the arena are sites 3 (site of former Federal Building) and 5 (surface lot by Swan Creek). Both of these spots would involve ZERO tear-downs and the land is cheap and I think already owned by the city. Those sites just makes the most sense.

 

Sites 2 and 4 would be GRAVE mistakes and take out many landmark buildings. What is this, Detroit? (Well yes, I know...but still). I don't want to see the Fiberglass Tower go, and I would assume its parking garage would be needed once the arena is done. I don't see how tearing down a 400-foot skyscraper and a large parking garage is:

 

A. Fiscally responsible. Taking down a 400-foot building is no small feat, correct?

B. Good for parking issues. Garages are much better than surface lots. Wouldn't downtown Toledo need all the parking garages it has if the arena is built? That's just common sense. Taking out a large garage seems just plain stupid.

C. Even remotely considered, considering how ludicrous and expensive it'd be. I think Toledo needs to be more optimistic and plan for a renovation of the Fiberglass Tower so it can be up to code again and attractive (it has asbestos issues. Other than that, it is structurally intact). It's only 35 years old, not some crumbling building.

 

Site 4 isn't much smarter. There are some classic buildings on that site and Toledo would be making a grave mistake taking them out, especially with all the renovations underway in the warehouse district.

 

Site 1 as it stands also sucks. The Blade graphic indicates it would extend past Frogtown Alley and take out some nice buildings and they also wrote it would involve a tear-down of National City's parking garage.

 

I don't think this is a difficult decision. Toledo could spend tons of money buying land off of other people, spend even more money tearing down buildings, or it could simply build on empty lots it already owns. All these sites are within a block or two of each other, so I don't think it matters too much where it goes in terms of proximity to the Seagate Center. The Seagate Center is within easy walking distance of all of them.

 

Site 3 really makes the most sense. There is plenty of room- more than enough to build a 10,000-seat arena and still have space for a little park on the river. The city OWNS this land already. That can't be stressed enough. There is literally nothing on this site. It would be so easy to build on it. I love site 5 too, but I have my doubts it's really big enough for an arena. This would be a challenge, but if it can be done, it's a great site too. There used to a large warehouse on this site. Go to page 2 of this discussion to see an aerial shot of site 3. As you will be able to see, it'd be a piece of cake to build the arena there and still have room to spare for riverfront access.

 

 

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Article published March 11, 2006

 

Marina, arena sites to remain single plan

Renewed debate may occur in fall

 

BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU

 

 

COLUMBUS - A plan to detach Toledo's proposed ice arena from the Marina District when it comes to expending state dollars has started to melt.

 

Sen. Randy Gardner (R., Bowling Green) and Rep. Mark Wagoner (R., Ottawa Hills) said yesterday they've dropped immediate plans to change language in the state capital budget to open the door for construction of the arena outside the Marina District.

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Well, it looks like it's sink or swim time.

 

Honestly, I think the site of the former Federal Building in downtown Toledo is by far the best site for the arena, but if it has to built with the Marina District, I won't shed a tear or anything.

 

As important as I think sports venues are, they are over-rated in terms of how much neraby development spin-off they create. Downtown Toledo CAN be successful with or without a hockey arena.

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Article published March 14, 2006

 

Marina District, arena to share in state funds; $7.5 million to be allocated

 

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITERS

 

 

Local and state elected officials yesterday announced an accord on how to divvy up $7.5 million in state funds originally intended for an East Toledo arena: $5.5 million for an arena that appears headed downtown and $2 million for the Marina District.

 

They also agreed to seek another $3 million in state money for the Marina District project. The agreement came out of a weekend negotiating session that also gave birth to yet another plan on how the Marina District might someday look.

 

Contact Christopher D. Kirkpatrick

at: ckirkpatrick@theblade.com

or 419-724-6077.

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From the 3/18/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

House to sweeten pot to lure retailer

Piggyback sales tax dangled as incentive

By JIM PROVANCE

BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU

 

COLUMBUS - Sporting goods super-retailer Bass Pro Shops would get back 75 cents of every $1 paid in county sales taxes if it locates in Wood County - or anywhere else in Ohio - under a bill expected to clear the Ohio House next week.

 

The tax incentive would last 10 years or until the Springfield, Mo., retailer recoups its investment in land, buildings, and equipment, whichever is shorter.

 

Contact Jim Provance at:

jprovance@theblade.com or 614-221-0496.

 

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From the 3/22/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Steve Smags and son Liam, of Brooklyn, Mich., shop at Gander Mountain in Springfield Twp.  ( BLADE PHOTOS/HERRAL LONG )

 

PHOTO: Shoppers flock to a new Bass Pro Shop in Auburn, N.Y.  ( ASSOCIATED PRESS )

 

Retailer objects to tax breaks to reel in Bass Pro or Cabela’s

Ohio tries to lure outdoors chains

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

Tax incentives for outdoors retailer Bass Pro Shops could be forthcoming this week from the Ohio legislature, but a partner of one of the retailer’s competitors thinks such a move would be unfair.

 

“We all love the American way, which is the free-market system. I don’t see any reason in the world why a public entity should invest in a private, for-profit business,” said Mike Ayers, an executive with the developer for Gander Mountain, an outdoors sporting goods retailer.

 

Contact Jon Chavez at: jchavez@theblade.com or 419-724-6128.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060322/BUSINESS03/60322041/-1/RSS04

 

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From the 3/24/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Ohio Senate urged to kill tax break

Megaretailers gain advantage, lobbyist says

By JIM PROVANCE

BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU

 

COLUMBUS - A sporting goods store developer yesterday urged an Ohio Senate committee to kill a special tax break proposal that it charges will give megaretailers like Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's an unfair advantage.

 

But the local sales-tax break, which Wood County requested in hopes of using it to lure Bass Pro to Rossford, is expected to survive when the bill reaches the full Senate week.

 

Contact Jim Provance at:

jprovance@theblade.com or 614-221-0496.

 

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This could be a cool idea.  It may not be on the scale of RiverWalk or even Indianapolis' canal/condos/etc., but it could work.  From the 4/10/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Delegation will visit San Antonio in 2 weeks

Group to study city's RiverWalk attraction

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Members of Toledo's Marina District development team will travel to San Antonio in two weeks for a seminar on riverside projects in hopes of returning home with information, investors, or both.

 

The seminar, "Just Add Water," centers on San Antonio's RiverWalk, which has spawned a cottage industry advising other cities on how to capitalize on their riverfront.

 

Contact Tom Troy at: tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.

 

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