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Looks like the Marina District property sale to the Chinese deal is back from the dead...

 

 

Chinese investors renew interest in purchasing Marina District

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 5/26/2011 

 

HANGZHOU, China — Mayor Mike Bell wrapped up his nine-day trip to China announcing here on Thursday that the deal to sell property in the east side Marina District is back on and the interested Chinese investors want an option to purchase even more land on the waterfront site.

 

Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., which has already purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex for $2.15 million, put its $3.8 million offer to buy the southern 69 acres at the Marina District in East Toledo back on the table for approval by Toledo City Council.  Additionally, Dashing Pacific Chairman Yuan Xiaohong, in a letter signed in Hangzhou, said the firm wants a two-year option to buy the decommissioned Toledo Edison power plant property on the site.

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/05/26/Chinese-investors-renew-interest-in-purchasing-Marina-District.html

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City Council unanimously approves Marina District sale

BY TOM TROY, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 5/31/2011

 

Toledo City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of a 69-acre parcel of land in the Marina District to Dashing Pacific Group Ltd.

 

City Council, in its afternoon meeting, voted 12-0 to sell the land to the Chinese investment group.

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/05/31/City-Council-unanimously-approves-Marina-District-sale.html

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Lengthier follow-up article from the Blade about the sale...

 

Toledo council OKs sale of Marina to Chinese

Dashing Pacific to pay $3.8M for 69-acre site

BY TOM TROY, BLADE POLITICS WRITER

Published: 6/1/2011

 

Following a meeting in which some concerns about the use of union labor were allayed, Toledo City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of a 69-acre portion of the Marina District in East Toledo to Chinese investment firm Dashing Pacific Group Ltd. for $3.8 million.

 

Mayor Mike Bell, who had traveled to China partly to woo the two investors after they appeared to back out of the deal, expressed appreciation for council's vote.  He said construction activity could start in three to six months.  "I am extremely appreciative of council and the vote they gave today," Mr. Bell said following the 12-0 decision.  "We are trying to change Toledo and it is very good from the standpoint of mayor to have the unanimous support of council to be able to move forward with this project, because I believe it will change the destiny of Toledo."

 

During a morning meeting of council's economic development committee, Bill Rudolph, chairman of Rudolph/Libbe Cos., said he has an agreement on a letter of intent with Wu King Hung and Yuan Xiaohong, the two members of Dashing Pacific, to be the construction manager of the $200 million to $300 million project Dashing Pacific has planned. 

 

Mr. Rudolph said he is not aware of any other construction general contractors in Ohio that use more union labor than Rudolph/Libbe.  He stopped short of saying only union workers would be employed on the job, but said the project would be handled like other Rudolph/Libbe projects in which union skilled trades workers are employed.

 

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/06/01/Toledo-council-OKs-sale-of-Marina-to-Chinese.html

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This is excellent news. I also think once this project gets deeper in the planning phase, we will see some revisions to make it fit in better with its surroundings. And perhaps the best thing is that they're planning to save the Acme!

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Despite an extremely rainy spring, they've made a lot of progress on the ship. You can see the work when traveling across the High-Level Bridge.

 

Published: 6/19/2011 - Updated: 1 day ago

Toledo museum ship only days away from regaining 1911 name

BY SARA FELSENSTEIN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

At 11:30 a.m. on July 1, 1911, Gretchen V. Schoonmaker smashed a bottle of champagne against the bow of the S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker, christening the ship in her father’s name. On July 1, at precisely the same time, Colonel Schoonmaker’s grandson, James M. Schoonmaker II, and his wife Treecie will do the exact same thing 100 years later on the bow of the newly renovated freighter, proving that history often comes full circle.

 

Rechristening the ship, better known to Toledoans as the S.S. Willis B. Boyer, will kick off a weekend of events that will feature public tours of the vessel, a boxing match on deck, and Toledo’s Independence Day fireworks show on July 3. The War of 1812 privateer Lynx will be on hand as well, making a special trip to Toledo to salute the Schoonmaker and then offer tours and sailing trips during the weekend.

 

But because of persistent rains that have slowed work on the Schoonmaker, it will close again afterward and will not reopen to the public until Aug. 1, said Paul C. LaMarre III, the museum ship’s executive director. Sandblasting in preparation for the vessel’s repainting into the orange and green of the Shenango Furnace Co. began April 4, and for at least 40 of the next 55 days, Toledo had rain, Mr. LaMarre said.

 

FULL ARTICLE AND PICTURES ON BLADE SITE

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/06/19/Toledo-museum-ship-only-days-away-from-regaining-1911-name-2.html

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Great Lakes museum plan is poised for Toledo launch

BY ERICA BLAKE

BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 12/9/2011

 

A dream announced in 2010 to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum on the banks of the Maumee River is closer to happening thanks to more than $6 million awarded to the project from the state. 

 

The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission has approved $6,075,000 for the project.  The money will be used by the city of Toledo and the Great Lakes Historical Society, which has its headquarters in Vermilion, to develop the Marina District site.  "We still have to raise money, and we're in that process, but the big hurdle has been climbed," said historical society executive director Chris Gillcrist.

 

The Great Lakes Maritime Museum contracted with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to move from Vermilion to the port-owned Toledo Maritime Center, off Front Street in the Marina District.  The total project is expected to cost about $8.5 million.

 

Included in the East Toledo development will be a maritime park with outdoor exhibits and the interior renovation of the existing Skyway Marina building to house exhibits for the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum.  The freighter, the SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker, formerly the SS Willis B. Boyer, will be its showcase exhibit.  Originally set to open next year, the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum's debut was pushed back to May, 2013.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/12/09/Great-Lakes-museum-plan-is-poised-for-Toledo-launch.html

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Toledo's cleanup of Acme power plant approved

State EPA OKs site for commercial use

BY DAVID PATCH, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 2/3/2012

 

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved the city of Toledo's cleanup of the former Toledo Edison Acme Generating Station site in East Toledo by issuing a "covenant not to sue." 

 

The covenant means that, as long as the former power plant site is redeveloped and maintained in accordance with certain restrictions, the city and any future property owners are not legally responsible to the state of Ohio for any additional environmental investigation or remediation.  According to an OEPA statement, the 3.84-acre Acme site at 1522 Front St. is now suitable for commercial or industrial redevelopment following the removals of soil contaminated with arsenic and benzopyrene at two locations and, from the former power plant, materials containing asbestos.

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The decommissioned power plant was the last part of the Marina District site to be cleared of environmental pollution.  Part of the structure was torn down for its cleanup, while much of its outer brick shell is proposed to be reused in the new development.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/02/03/Toledo-s-cleanup-of-Acme-power-plant-approved.html

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Well this is certainly disappointing news.  Especially since the City of Toledo acted like the Acme Power Plant would be reused as part of the Marina District redevelopment up until this announcement.

 

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Acme plant to be demolished

City solicits 5 bids for work at abandoned ex-Edison site

BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 4/5/2012

 

What some see as a giant red-bricked eyesore in East Toledo's Marina District soon could be only a memory.  City of Toledo officials said Thursday they are moving forward with plans to demolish the abandoned Toledo Edison Acme power plant, which sits alongside the Maumee River on the former industrial site.

 

Tim Murphy, environmental services commissioner, said the city has solicited bids from five contractors to tear down the plant, located on 3.84 acres at 1522 Front St., and will start reviewing them next Tuesday.  If any of the firms can meet the city's price limit — $35,000 for the job — demolition could start within two to three weeks, the commissioner said.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/05/City-to-raze-Toledo-Acme-plant.html

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More about the city's demolition of the Acme Power Plant at the Marina District.

 

City of Toledo to demolish 2 buildings

Razing of east side plant, north end mall to start in May

BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 4/19/2012

 

Demolition of two giant Toledo eyesores on separate sides of the city is expected to begin next month, a Toledo official said Wednesday.

 

The abandoned Toledo Edison Acme power plant in East Toledo's Marina District and the former North Towne Square mall on the city's north side are slated for demolition starting mid-May, brownfield redevelopment officer Joel Mazur said.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/19/City-of-Toledo-to-demolish-2-buildings.html

 

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With the Acme plant going down, I am hopeful plans to rehab the old steam power plant downtown (behind Key Bank) will move forward.

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It's absolutely terrible the Acme Plant is being torn down. It was a landmark with a ton of potential. First Libbey High School (and all the other historic school buildings), now this...very depressing what's happening to Toledo.

 

Though I guess the city is tearing down in suburban annex areas with equal fervor. Just as many modern school buildings have been leveled and now this is two malls gone. For a while in the late 90's to mid-2000's, it seemed like Toledo was doing everything it could to save the urban core while letting the suburban annex areas rot. Now everything is rotting.

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Couple of updates from Toledo News Now (aka WTOL-TV).  Both are related to the future National Museum of the Great Lakes going into the Marina District. 

 

Groundbreaking for the Museum took place last month.  Moving of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship to its new Marina District location is scheduled to take place tomorrow.  Videos for both updates at the links below:

 

ToledoNewsNow: Toledo officials break ground on Great Lakes museum

 

ToledoNewsNow: Preparation underway to move Schoonmaker Saturday

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The Schoonmaker has been moved to the Marina District. I'm sure Toledo will miss its old location and the great views it afforded, but hopefully the new berth offers some nice ones too. The Blade got some great shots of the move!

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2012/10/27/800x600_b1cCM/S-S-Schoonmaker-MLK-bridge.jpg

http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2012/10/27/800x600_b1cCM/S-S-Schoonmaker-skyline.jpg

 

Toledo should get another classic freighter to put at the old berth! Sadly it's too late for the MV Maumee, but maybe one of the other endangered ones can be saved. The more classic freighters saved, the better. They make great tourist attractions and ships this beautiful will never be built again.

 

*Any updates on the Marina District? Do any local people have photos of the new ship location?

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Catching up on a couple of older reports about the Marina District.  This one is from last summer on the two year anniversary of the property's sale from the city to a Chinese investment firm:

 

Neighbors seek answers on Marina District future

2 years have passed since sale to Chinese

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER

Published: 7/8/2013

 

More than a dozen years and $43 million from taxpayers for cleanup and infrastructure costs had gone into the Marina District when Mayor Mike Bell announced in April, 2011, that the city had a deal to sell much of the land.

 

Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., a Chinese investor-owned firm that had already purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex, paid $3.8 million for nearly 69 acres of the once-polluted property.

 

Friday marked that sale’s two-year anniversary, and while Mr. Bell and others close to the investors are certain the property will one day become a vibrant development, others are less confident.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Real-Estate/2013/07/08/Neighbors-seek-answers-on-Marina-District-future.html

 

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Any updates on the Marina District or is it dead in the water again?

 

Damn that is prime property with a perfect location. SO much could be done there...there just aren't opportunities like this is in many other coastal cities. You've got a ship terminal, marina, close proximity to Downtown, and close proximity to East Toledo's Main Street commercial district (big opportunity to fill those beautiful vacant buildings as spinoff). Other than the misguided demolition of the monstrous Acme Power Plant (at least they left the massive smokestacks as landmarks), the potential is huge to change Toledo's negative ghetto image. This could kickstart the renewed East Toledo I always dreamed of as a kid...

 

Toledo/Lucas County was smart to move its municipal arena downtown (it turned out to be a top notch project), and now there is all this prime waterfront property just sitting there growing weeds like a Texas prairie...

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Any updates on the Marina District or is it dead in the water again?

 

This looks like as much of an update we'll get for now.  From http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/24756712/collins-addresses-marina-district-redevelopment

 

"Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says he's hoping by June of this year he'll have a better idea of Dashing Pacific's intentions, so the city can have enough time to plan for the possibility of exercising a buy-back clause, which allows the city to reacquire the property if development doesn't occur within five years."

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^Alright, I'm learning towards dead in the water again. :|

 

There are too many vacant buildings worth saving before doing new construction in Toledo. It could be a very long time until the Marina District is built...

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^Alright, I'm learning towards dead in the water again. :|

 

There are too many vacant buildings worth saving before doing new construction in Toledo. It could be a very long time until the Marina District is built...

 

I think you are right...it will be a very long time. There are no nearby neighborhoods with any money - E. Toledo and Manhattan are poor and probably getting poorer. Follow the money - the developers of Levis Commons and Fallen Timbers did, and its at the opposite end of the city. Dashing Pacific bought this for purposes other than developing it. Toledo will need massive infusions of people and capital before something happens in the Marina District.

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Well, it's been about six weeks since this article was published.  So maybe we'll get some news about the Marina District?  Or maybe not.

 

Mayor Collins says Dashing Pacific presents proposal in 6 weeks, or else

Written by J. Patrick Eaken, The Press

Monday, April 21, 2014

 

Toledo Mayor Michael Collins said he was told last Thursday that Dashing Pacific Group will present within six weeks an “outline” for the development of the Marina District.  In June 2011, city council voted 12-0 to sell 69 acres of the Marina District property to the Chinese developers for $3.8 million, but the contract stipulates that if there is no vertical development within five years the property reverts back to the city.  Dashing Pacific also owns the nearby Docks restaurant complex in International Park.

 

Collins says he is looking forward to the Chinese company’s plans to develop the site along the Maumee River in East Toledo, but it may be too late.  Later that day, he spoke to a room full of guests at a luncheon hosted by the East Toledo Club at the East Toledo Senior Center in Navarre Park, where he quoted the letter he said went back to the Chinese.

 

MORE: https://www.presspublications.com/from-the-press/13780-mayor-collins-says-dashing-pacific-presents-proposal-in-6-weeks-or-else

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Dashing Pacific to sell Marina District property

BLADE STAFF

Published: Thursday, 7/9/2015

 

The Chinese company that bought the Marina District, with promises of developing the riverfront property, has decided to sell it.

 

Toledo Director of Business and Economic Development Matt Sapara confirmed late Wednesday that Dashing Pacific Group informed the city it planned to sell the East Toledo property.  Company officials said if they weren’t able to get a redevelopment plan moving by the July 1, they would list it for sale, Mr. Sapara said.

 

Dashing Pacific bought the 69-acre site along East Toledo’s riverfront in July, 2011, for $3.8 million.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/07/09/Dashing-Pacific-to-sell-Marina-District-property.html

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^No surprise. I visited Toledo for 4th of July weekend, and the site looked as barren as ever. I really miss the historic power plant and its big, brick smokestacks. :cry: Those would have made such a great centerpiece for the Marina District. It could have been like Toronto's Distillery District or Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Now, it's basically going to be all new build with no connection to the past industry there. That's always harder to make work, but I do think Toledo desires a high-quality, dense development there that meshes with the urban fabric of a Great Lakes industrial city.

 

The restored James M. Schoonmaker and National Museum of the Great Lakes are outstanding. That is the best such museum and ship of any Great Lakes city I've seen. Hopefully the area around them is built up to attract more tourists. Toledo has a really good asset on its hands with that museum. So far, that's just about the only new thing in the Marina District other than weeds and a "road to nowhere." I really hope someone buys this site and builds a great waterfront urban neighborhood. The location is outstanding (waterfront skyline views abound) and East Toledo has great urban bones (though way too many awesome buildings are abandoned). If the historic buildings can be saved and the Marina District can be developed, East Toledo could be awesome.

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Anyone local to Toledo have any updates on the Marina District?

 

I got to visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes again on my last visit to the Glass City, and it looked busier, so it looks like that at least is starting to attract people. The ship keeps looking better and better too.

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Anyone local to Toledo have any updates on the Marina District?

 

I got to visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes again on my last visit to the Glass City, and it looked busier, so it looks like that at least is starting to attract people. The ship keeps looking better and better too.

 

No Updates. A bike trail connection to the GL Museum from the Craig Bridge Trail is under construction right now (it used to end at the sidewalk). That is unrelated to Dashing Pacific, who isn't going to do anything. In the deal from 2011, the city can buy it back for the same price it sold it for after July 1, 2016 (until July 1, 2017) if there hasn’t been “substantial” development. There will not be any development before then. Dashing Pacific have been trying to sell it. The city will buy it back and then more nothing will happen for awhile until they find someone else to buy it or parts of it.

 

Article from the Blade in June: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/07/09/Dashing-Pacific-to-sell-Marina-District-property.html

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Anyone local to Toledo have any updates on the Marina District?

 

I got to visit the National Museum of the Great Lakes again on my last visit to the Glass City, and it looked busier, so it looks like that at least is starting to attract people. The ship keeps looking better and better too.

 

A boosterish editorial in the Blade this week argued that COSI-Imagination Station and the Toledo Fireman's Museum should move to the Marina District to create a "Museum District". The editorial also said that a new group of business leaders are arguing for a downtown master plan, which they say would facilitate renovation of Fiberglas Tower, about which there has been zero news lately. I have also seen nothing about plans for the site of the hotel being demolished on Summit Street; not sure there is demand downtown for a third large hotel right now.

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If Toledo is going to do a museum district it should be further up Monroe.  Toledo would be better off master planning its urban core as a whole, from the art museum to the waterfront, including adjacent neighborhoods.

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^Second that. The big issue Toledo has is that its strongest urban nodes are cut off from each other. It's no longer a contiguous urban core despite historically being one of the best in the Midwest. It was extremely dense at peak.

 

The numerous demolitions in Uptown (including Monroe Street) have left the Old West End as an island of middle class wealth. There is a big hole between Downtown and Old West End that is hurting Toledo's prospects. I think most infill in Toledo should go on Monroe, Jefferson, Madison, and Adams. Historically, Uptown was Toledo's Over-the-Rhine. It had extensive row housing and outstanding East Coast-style urban stock. Probably about 60-70% of the neighborhood has been demolished or burnt down in arson fires at this point. What's crazy is that the original street grid is still intact, even with a lot of brick streets. So it has the infrastructure to be dense and functionally urban again.

 

*Cherry is the other problem area since it cuts off Downtown from the Old North End neighborhoods with the most potential. It's a major barrier that is hurting Vistula and Lagrange. It also should have lots of infill.

 

The Marina District is tougher to develop because it's further away from Downtown. With that said, East Toledo has a lot of potential if Toledo could ever turn its economy around. Main and Starr still have a lot of great historic commercial buildings, and neighborhoods adjacent to them are rich in Victorians (though stripped down at this point), duplexes, triplexes, and a few Columbus-style rows. Any Marina District proposal needs to be well-integrated to the Garfield neighborhood and Main Street.

 

To give an idea of what Toledo's core used to look like:

 

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Looking towards Vistula

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Looking towards the Marina District property (demolished Acme Power Plant in top right corner). It looks like this was always underutilized land throughout Toledo's history:

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That was such prime real estate that i really wished it could of been developed in some kind of grand manner, but urban parkland is also valuable and Im fine with this choice as well.

 

I dont think it will be much of a development catalyst as some of the politicians like the mayor and councilman hope it will be for East Toledo. It will get some downtown residents probably but I cant see it having any major impact on anything. With that said, the East Side deserves an asset like this. They dont have a big park with trails and such.

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I am not a fan of this park proposal. With the recent addition of the Middlegrounds Metropark and the existing International Park/Promenade Park on both sides of the Maumee River, this is too much green space in the urban core.

 

There seems to have been a sea change in Toledo's urban core over the last year or two and I think it's worth trying to sell the land to private developers again! Just look at the development momentum across the river right now. Though the loss of the historic Acme Plant is a blow, the site and location of the Marina District is still outstanding, even as barren weeds. Investing public money into a park there could be very short-sighted and wasteful. The views from the Marina District are incredible and the spinoff potential into East Toledo's historic Garfield and Main Street districts is big.

 

Toledo's Marina District is literally a perfect site for large-scale urban infill. It's one of the best opportunities in the entire United States considering how cheap and well-located that land is.

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^Ugh, terrible. Too much surface parking, not enough street front buildings, and excessive green space in the urban core. Toledo already has way too much parkland, including massive metroparks that would be state parks in most other metro areas (I think Oak Openings may have even been a state park at one time). While these huge metroparks create a greenbelt around the metro area that limits sprawl, having them in the urban core is a waste of prime real estate. I supported the Middlegrounds Metropark since it was a brownfield, but the Marina District is shovel-ready for large-scale urban infill, not 3-story apartments with too much surface parking and only one or two commercial buildings built in an oversized park. The Marina District should not be a metropark with all that prime waterfront real estate and those amazing views of the skyline and shipping channel. Its location and infrastructure can support much higher levels of development than what is being proposed here.

 

*I would be the first person to support the expansion of Oak Openings in western Lucas County and the restoration of critical Lake Erie marshes east of Oregon (which would also put pressure on Oregon to stop sprawling towards Sandusky along Route 2). Those would be fantastic expansions of Lucas County green space that would also help clean up Lake Erie and help stabilize the endangered plant and animal species around Toledo. But the Metroparks should not do further expansions in the urban core. A smaller park is fine in the Marina District and public access to the water should be maintained, but this tiny housing/commercial development is shooting for the gutter by preserving so much space for another metropark. It is not a good use of existing land and infrastructure with the carrying capacity for high density urban development.

 

In an economically healthy city, this would be large-scale, high-end urban infill.

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C-Dawg, I share your exact sentiments on the Marina District. I was personally a fan of Dillins plans for it but that ships sailed. I understand why some people like the idea of a park there as it would be an awesome natural green space for residents there. With that said it's just too prime of land to not develop into something major. If they go with the current plan, it won't have any kind of positive symbiotic effect on the adjacent business corridors or neighborhoods.

 

On the other hand, I'm also not confident a huge urban infill like you and i envision would take off, and I would be afraid it might sit largely vacant for a bit. Downtown Toledo is prospering and progressing nicely but not at such a staggering rate that the energy is flowing into neighboring areas quite yet though. I would also be afraid that it could distract from development efforts in the downtown core which is more crucial in my opinion. It's just kind of a crappy scenario. I kind of wish we could just sit on the land for a little longer til the right idea with the right person to execute it comes along. That won't happen though as our city has a tendency toward short-sightedness sometimes and is dying to just get someone, indeed ANYONE, down there paying the taxes.

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Marina District could see 360-unit apartment development

 

A plan to bring 360 market rate apartments to Toledo's Marina District will get a hearing by the city's Architectural Review Committee, next week.

 

The development will be called Gateway Lofts, it's a $45-million Frank Kass project. He's the Columbus-area developer who has shown an interest in the east Toledo site for nearly two decades.

 

More below:

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Marina-District-could-see-360-unit-apartment-development-450479013.html

 

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Meh. I guess it's better than grass but this doesn't look much better/more walkable than the standard apartment complex you'd find in a suburb somewhere.


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