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From Toledo Blade 7/6/09


National magazine lists Perrysburg in Top 10


For a city that seemingly has stood in Toledo's shadow for years, Perrysburg is carving its own identity again.


Last fall, Ohio Magazine named Perrysburg one of the state's top five hometowns.  Now, the city has received accolades on the national level.  The August, 2009, edition of Family Circle that hits newsstands Tuesday lists Perrysburg as one of America's 10 best towns to raise a family - pretty good exposure for what some outsiders view as a homogenous bedroom community.


MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2009/07/06/National-magazine-lists-Perrysburg-in-Top-10.html

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Article published August 15, 2009


$175 million rail project gets under way in Wood County

Terminal boosts area jobs outlook





NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio — Michael Shelton estimates that half his family lost their jobs in recent months as auto-industry suppliers in the region have closed factories or reduced production.


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Wood County poised for recovery


Published: 3/31/2010


BOWLING GREEN - For the next several years, Wood County likely will face challenges as the economy slowly does a turnaround, commissioners predict in the county's 2009 annual report.  Commissioners, who presented the sixth annual State of the County Address last week in the courthouse complex atrium, have tightened the belt and trimmed the budget as a result of the recession.


Commissioner Tim Brown told the audience that last September Wood County commissioners were the first in Ohio to designate an entire county as a recovery zone for the purpose of issuing recovery zone economic development bonds and economic recovery facility bonds, authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Despite one of the worst recessions to hit the country, there were some economic development high points last year, Mr. Brown pointed out.


The $135 million expansion of First Solar in Perrysburg Township will add 130 employees to its existing 700, and the investment of $175 million by CSX Transportation to build a state-of-the-art intermodal rail terminal in Henry Township, near North Baltimore, will bring in 200 new jobs.  The Wood County Hospital has finished a $42 million renovation and expansion project.  And last summer FedEx Ground opened its $90 million package-distribution hub in Perrysburg Township.


MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/South/2010/03/31/Wood-County-poised-for-recovery.html

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It doesn't look too good for the 42-year old Woodville Mall in Northwood.  Below is a series of recent articles from the Toledo Blade about concerns over deteriorating structural conditions at the mall.


Woodville Mall faces indefinite closure


Closure plea likely for Woodville Mall - Structural woes found in main section


Wood Co. officials seek to close Woodville Mall


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Judge rules empty Woodville Mall must be demolished by May 2, 2014


Published: 8/10/2013


BOWLING GREEN — A Wood County Common Pleas Court judge on Thursday ordered Ohio Plaza Shopping Center LLC and Woodville Mall Realty Management LLC to demolish the former Woodville Mall at 3725 Williston Road.  Attorneys for the current and former owners agreed in court that the property’s violations required abatement by demolishing the building.

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Judge Reeve Kelsey ruled that the defendants must construct a fence around the former mall by Sept. 2.  In addition, the former and current owners of the building must submit a plan of abatement to the city engineer for final approval on or before Sept. 30.  All unused structures must be removed on or before May 2, 2014, and all asphalt and cement slabs must be stripped from the premises by July 31, 2014.


If the defendants fail to comply with the assigned dates, the city may enter the premises and abate or foreclose the property, according to the court agreement.


MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2013/08/09/Judge-rules-empty-Woodville-Mall-must-be-demolished-by-May-2-2014.html

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The City of Bowling Green is planning to reshape the East Wooster Street corridor, which forms the southern boundary of BGSU, to include a median and roundabouts at main intersections, between downtown and I-75. The street itself is still in excellent shape, but i agree that the route needs to be friendlier for pedestrians.


Some local coverage:





Details of the plan:



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Workers have put down insulation and attached the roof of a 7,000-square foot building in Bowling Green that will be classrooms and a lab for Penta Career Center.


The $1.3 million project, on a 2-acre parcel in the Bellard Business Center near Newton and Brim roads on the northern edge of Bowling Green, will house high school intervention and adult education programs. The Delventhal Co. of Millbury is overseeing construction that began in July. It is to be finished by December so Penta can hold classes in January. Penta spent $52,000 on the land and budgeted $950,000 for design, construction, and equipment. But price hikes for steel because of tariffs and codes that require part of the building to be tornado-proof added $300,000 to the cost.



■ Cameo Pizza will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 145 N. Main St., Bowling Green.



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that is great to hear --- i always though penta could be expanded on what they do -- nice to see its growing.

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