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From the 6/23/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Attorney Alan Scheufler, left, joins Roger Newman of the Ohio Carpenters Pension Fund in purchasing one of the Rossford parcels at the Wood County sheriff's sale.  ( THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH )

 

PHOTO: Development of the sites in Rossford stopped in late 1999. Foreclosures and lawsuits had tied up the property since then.  ( THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON )

 

WOOD COUNTY SHERIFF'S SALE

Sites of amphitheater, arena are sold for $6.1M

3 investors buy Rossford land at 'Crossroads'

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - The site of a defunct $48 million hockey arena and amphitheater project in Rossford may yet be developed after three investors purchased the property for more than $6.1 million at a sheriff's sale yesterday.  "It's a good area and I think it's going to end up playing a very important part in development in northwest Ohio," said Tom Schreiber of Perrysburg.  He was bidding for a group of area investors that purchased 54.57 acres at Crossroads Parkway and Arena Road for $2.64 million.

 

The Ohio Carpenters' Pension Fund, which is owed $2.4 million by the Rossford Arena Amphitheater Authority, purchased the 87.7 acres at Arena and Lime City roads that contain the partially built amphitheater for $3,083,000.

 

Alan Scheufler, a Cleveland attorney representing the pension fund, said the group will be working with developers in the coming months "to try to get the best value out of that property." He said that might mean finishing the amphitheater as an outdoor concert venue - or not.  "It certainly could be an amphitheater. The improvements are already there, and the access is tremendous," he said.  "That is certainly a viable alternative, but it would not be the only one under consideration."

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060623/NEWS18/606230391/-1/NEWS

 

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O-I offers preview of new offices

By JON CHAVEZ

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

When Owens-Illinois Inc. built its Summit Street headquarters 25 years ago, the glass-packaging firm wanted a signature skyscraper that could anchor the river’s edge end of a wide boulevard and ignite the rebirth of an aging downtown.  “It was anything but humble. But O-I was a different company back then,” said Frank Butler, the man in charge of developing the company’s $20 million future headquarters on its Levis Development Park campus in Perrysburg.

 

The new building — which is under construction but which the firm showed off for the first time yesterday — is a three-story horizontal structure of 100,000 square feet.  It will house about 250 employees and is to be opened Aug. 18.  “It was designed to be sleek, contemporary, and humble,” said John Hrovat, lead architect for Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., of Detroit.

 

The firm hired by O-I, a Fortune 500 company, designed the building, which is 330 feet long, 110 feet wide, and 60 feet high.  In contrast, the 32-story One SeaGate, O-I’s current international home base, has 874,000 square feet and cost $100 million to build.  It housed 2,200 company employees at one point.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060630/BUSINESS03/60630029/-1/RSS04

 

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Board opts to expand parking for Bowling Green library

Toledo Blade, 6/29/06

 

After a year of controversy, the Wood County District Public Library decided yesterday to turn land at the corner of North Church and West Court streets into a surface parking lot.

 

Before voting to buy the lot and hire a design firm, though, trustees decided they needed more time to think over the gift of the red brick house next door to the proposed lot.  The family of Robert and Patricia Maurer recently offered to buy the brick house from the library for $150,000, then give it back to the library to use “for library purposes and for other uses which will benefit the entire community.”

 

Just last summer, library trustees bought the home and three adjacent parcels for $250,000 but excavated the parcel along the south side of the house for part of the proposed parking lot.  “It’s a very generous gift, but with the expenses we have, I don’t feel we can accept it right now,” Trustee Anna Griffith said.

 

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State approval sought on Perrysburg levy bid

Toledo Blade, 6/27/06

 

The Perrysburg Board of Education last night took the first step in putting a bond levy for renovations of up to $30 million on the November ballot.  The board unanimously approved a resolution asking the state tax commissioner to consent to the district's plan to issue the bonds.  The resolution does not commit the district to a specific amount, and the board must approve two more resolutions to put the levy on the ballot.

 

The board, which has considered many options for its facilities plans during the last year, is still debating whether to build a two-story junior high addition or to build one story and finish the second story later.  The addition would house sixth graders.

 

The project, which includes work at the elementary schools and high school, would cost $28 million or $29 million depending on whether the second floor is finished.  The owner of a $200,000 house would pay about $134 or $140 a year.

 

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Builder loses in Perrysburg Township rezoning

Toledo Blade, 6/20/06

 

Perrysburg Township trustees rezoned an agricultural area for residential use last night, earning applause from neighbors and disapproval from developers who wanted a denser subdivision. 

 

Miller Diversified had presented a modified proposal for the 41 acres northwest of Thompson and Neiderhouse roads that would have had about 84 lots on a combination of R-1, R-2, and R-3 zoning.  The zoning change unanimously approved by the trustees calls for R-1 zoning around all four sides of the proposed subdivision and R-2 zoning in the interior.

 

R-1 zoning requires lots to be at least 20,000 square feet - nearly half an acre - and have at least 100 feet frontage.  Lots zoned R-3 have a minimum frontage of 75 feet and minimum lot size of 10,500 square feet.  R-2 zoning falls in between those requirements.

 

Residents complained that the developer's original proposal, with 88 single-family homes on mostly R-3 property, was too dense for an area with houses on five-acre lots.

 

Toledo Blade: Trustees choose to delay decision on rezoning plan (6/6/06)

 

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Bowling Green armory brings single bid of $150,000

Toledo Blade, 7/7/06

 

About 20 people showed up yesterday morning to see what might become of the old Ohio National Guard armory, but just one bidder came forward to try to buy the downtown landmark.  The Hanneman family, which owns the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home next door to the vacant armory, offered $150,000 for the East Wooster Street property.

 

State officials said they should know by the middle of next week whether the bid was acceptable to the Ohio adjutant general.  The property had been appraised at $280,000, then offered for sale at that price to the city and to Wood County, neither of whom was interested.  Mayor John Quinn, who attended the auction, said the lack of parking space and the enormous cost of renovation were among the reasons City Council did not want to purchase the building.


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Perrysburg OKs site on U.S. 20 for Wal-Mart

Toledo Blade, 6/30/06

 

The Perrysburg Planning Commission approved the site plan for the Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for U.S. 20 in Perrysburg Township last night.  The commission’s 5-2 vote put several conditions on the site plan as submitted.

 

The 217,572-square-foot store is planned for 35 acres along U.S. 20 off Simmons Road.

 

Conditions included making the access from U.S. 20 onto a new public road right-in, right-out only.  Wal-Mart officials also agreed to reduce the number of parking spots to 965, the minimum allowed by the township, from 998.

 

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Wood County agrees to build two hangars

Toledo Blade, 7/1/06

 

After strong winds destroyed one hangar and badly damaged a second, the Wood County Regional Airport Authority agreed yesterday to seek bids to build two hangars.  Airport Manager Mike Hodges told the board he is still waiting to find out whether the damaged hangar will be considered a total loss.

 

However, contractors who have looked at the building have said it would be less expensive to raze the damaged structure and build one rather than repair it, he said.

 

A thunderstorm and high winds that wreaked havoc throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan June 21 literally picked up and moved the southernmost hangar and blew off doors and support posts on the middle hangar.

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SPORTS COMPLEX FOR ROSSFORD

Toledo Blade, 7/2/06

 

Mark Gonzalez pilots a cement-smoothing machine on a floor of Gold Medal Indoor Sports, at 10020 South Compass Drive in Rossford.  The 75,000-square-foot complex, scheduled to open in October, will have facilities for sports including soccer, lacrosse, and flag football for youths and adults.

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Northwood fire station sets Sunday open house

Toledo Blade, 7/6/06

 

Northwood firefighters are opening up their newest fire station to the public Sunday to meet members of the community.  They will host a family oriented open house from 1 to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1, 2100 Tracy Rd., with free food and games for children, Fire Chief Tom Pack said.  He said firefighters hope to make the open house an annual event.

 

City officials celebrated the grand opening of the long-awaited fire station in February.  The two-story station replaces the smaller, 54-year-old station that is around the corner on Andrus Road.

 

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$150,000 bid accepted for National Guard armory in B.G.

Toledo Blade, 7/14/06

 

The former Ohio National Guard armory on East Wooster Street will be sold to the local Hanneman family for $150,000, state officials confirmed yesterday.

 

Mark Wayda, director of government and public affairs, said the bid has been accepted by the Ohio Adjutant General.  The Hannemans, who own the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home next door to the old armory, were the only bidders for the property at a public auction held last week.  Kraig Hanneman said at the time that they had no definite plans for the armory.

 

They had originally considered buying it to expand their business, Mr. Hannerman said, but instead decided to build a new funeral home on Bowling Green's west side.

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Perrysburg renovations big hit with parkgoers

Toledo Blade, 7/13/06

 

With Perrysburg's summer recreation program in full swing, the renovations at Municipal Park and the new recreation building are very much appreciated. 

 

The renovations will be celebrated at a grand reopening at 5:30 p.m. Monday.  The 19-acre facility, built in 1952, is the city's oldest active recreational park.

 

"The park is beautiful," said Councilman Joe Lawless, chairman of council's recreation committee.

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Officials discuss need to acquire more land

Toledo Blade, 8/3/06

 

Perrysburg Township officials are keeping their eyes peeled for land - not for their own use, but for the Rossford schools.

 

The township wants to expand its crowded fire department and administration complex on Lime City Road, and it has told the Rossford school board it would pay fair-market value for property the district owns south of the complex.  The site is home to the old Lime City school building, where the district stores records, used drama sets, and old desks and chairs.

 

School board President David Kleeberger said members of the board were receptive to the idea of selling the land to the township.  "I think everyone's on board with helping the township," he said.  "We knew they'd been interested in it for years, but they're now getting more serious about adding onto the building."

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Perrysburg Township asks to buy land

Toledo Blade, 7/18/06

 

Perrysburg Township officials last night asked members of the Rossford Board of Education to consider selling land to the township so it can expand its administration building.

 

Township trustees rescheduled last night's semimonthly meeting to 7:30 p.m. tonight so Trustees Bob Mack and Gary Britten could attend the school board meeting along with other township officials.  While there, they asked to buy a 150-foot strip of land next to the administration building for fair market value.  The land is south of the building off Lime City Road.

 

Township officials want the land because they need more office space and room for the fire department at the administration building.

 

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Bowling Green Wal-Mart work to cause delays on West Gypsy Lane

Toledo Blade, 7/24/06

 

Contractors working for Wal-Mart will make improvements to the West Gypsy Lane Road entrance to its new store, beginning today.  West Gypsy Lane will remain open, but lanes will be narrowed.  Delays are expected.

 

The only entrance to Wal-Mart store will be from State Rt. 25.

 

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Zoning panel deals setback to Wal-Mart Supercenter

Toledo Blade, 7/18/06

 

The Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for Perrysburg Township hit a snag last night when the township zoning commission turned down the store's site plan and asked to see a new one next month.  "It appears to be an incomplete site plan that we have to review tonight," Chairman Robert Black said.  The commission voted 4-0 against approving the plan, with no discussion.  Member Jeff Schaller was absent.

 

Mr. Black said the township received the site plan on Thursday and found 23 problems with it.  He gave a letter detailing those problems last night to Nick Miller of Atwell-Hicks, the engineering firm working with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to develop the project.

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Wood County Library purchases land for overflow parking lot

Toledo Blade, 8/3/06

 

After nearly a year of public debate, the Wood County District Public Library has purchased the sand lot just west of the library where it intends to build an overflow parking lot this fall.

 

The library paid owner Robert Maurer $162,692.70 for the North Church Street land, according to records filed in the county auditor's office.  Library board President Scott McEwen said yesterday the transaction amount reflects the $150,000 sale price agreed to in a purchase option the library signed with Mr. Maurer in 2003, plus Mr. Maurer's "out-of-pocket" expenses for the property, including interest accrued on his loan.

 

The purchase price does not include the costs Mr. Maurer incurred demolishing a house on the property and excavating the sand hill to street level - a bill the library still must pay, Mr. McEwen said.

 

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$28.9M levy Perrysburg board asks auditor to OK millage

Toledo Blade, 7/25/06

 

The Perrysburg Board of Education last night took another step in putting a $28.9 million bond levy before voters in November and discussed possible futures for the Commodore Building.

 

The board unanimously agreed to ask the Wood County auditor to certify the millage for the $28,922,108 levy, which would fund a new two-story wing for sixth-graders and expanded music and dining areas at the junior high, as well as renovations at the district's four elementary schools and a new auxiliary gym at the high school.  The board must approve a second resolution by Aug. 24 to put the levy on the ballot.  It would cost the owner of a $200,000 house $140.40 a year.

 

The facilities plan does not include using the downtown Commodore Building as a school.  District residents can expect a letter within a few weeks inviting them to discussions about the building, organized by the district and the Community Partnership.

 

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From the 8/11/06 Fremont News-Messenger:

 

PHOTO: Signs like this one have been posted in Scott Township near the proposed dairy farm.  Charlie Longton/News-Messenger

 

Anti-mega farm group plays to a packed house

 

CAFOs will effect health and quality of life with symptoms arising from the gases that people are exposed to, he said. Sproat said the two major gases are ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that become present due to the amounts of manure that is kept in lagoons.

 

Sproat said knows people in Hudson, Mich. who lived by CAFOs and suffered brain injuries. The symptoms range from dizziness and headaches to brain injuries and miscarriages among pregnant women. "If you live within one to two miles from these operations, you can anticipate problems. They are huge polluters and should be regulated as such," said Sproat.

 

Gary Thomasson of Woodville, said, "I'm not very happy about the issue, and I haven't been."  Thomasson has lived in Woodville his entire life and just built a house three years ago that is a mile and a half away from where the mega-dairy could open.  Along with Thomasson, Wood County residents Carl and Helen George are outraged because they, too, have lived their entire life in a certain area, and now they might only be a half-mile away from the mega-dairy.

 

MORE: http://www.thenews-messenger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060811/NEWS01/608110312/1002/rss01

 

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From the 8/15/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Wal-Mart site plan gets OK of zoning commission

 

The second time was the charm for the Wal-Mart Supercenter proposed for U.S. 20 in Perrysburg Township. The zoning commission approved a revised version of the site plan last night, a month after it turned the plan down with a list of 23 issues.  Commissioners voted 4-0, with John Benavides absent, to approve the site plan.

 

Wal-Mart representatives submitted new plans after the rejection of the previous version.  The 217,572-square-foot store is planned for 35 acres on the north side of U.S. 20 and Simmons Road, near the Crossroads of America shopping center.  The Ohio Department of Transportation is reviewing the traffic-impact study and is expected to approve the traffic plans in September, township zoning director Grant Garn said.

 

Full story at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060815/NEWS18/608150412/-1/RSS09

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From the 8/18/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Grand opening is today at new O-I headquarters

 

Owens-Illinois Inc. will be host at a grand opening ceremony this morning for its $20 million headquarters in Perrysburg’s Levis Development Park.

 

A spokesman said the firm that has been based in One SeaGate in downtown Toledo for 25 years will mark the opening of the new Roachton Road entrance to the office and name it Michael Owens Way, for the prolific inventor who patented a bottle-blowing machine that gave O-I its start 103 years ago.

 

Events include the display of a time capsule to be buried with O-I products and memorabilia.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060818/BUSINESS03/60818002/-1/BUSINESS

 

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From the 8/19/06 Toledo Blade:

 

PHOTO: James Baehren, senior vice president, chief administrative officer, and general counsel of Owens-Illinois Inc., speaks at the grand opening ceremonies. At left above is Frank Butler, director of global real estate.  ( BLADE PHOTOS/ANDY MORRISON )

 

PHOTO: Local officials and others admire a staircase in the grand tour at the opening of the $20 million headquarters in Perrysburg.

 

PHOTO: A new sign greets visitors at the entrance to the headquarters.  ( THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON )

 

PHOTO: The entry road honors the inventor of the bottle machine.  ( THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON )

 

PHOTO: Local officials and other visitors tour an outdoor patio on the third floor of Owens-Illinois Inc.'s new $20 million headquarters during yesterday's grand opening in Perrysburg's Levis Park near I-475 and State Rt. 25.  ( THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON )

 

O-I opens $20M Perrysburg HQ

By HOMER BRICKEY

BLADE SENIOR BUSINESS WRITER

 

It was a historic moment locally yesterday, when Owens-Illinois Inc. officially opened its $20 million headquarters in Perrysburg, giving the Toledo suburb its first Fortune 500 firm. 

 

The new office, combined with three existing buildings O-I has in Levis Park near I-475 and State Rt. 25, was celebrated with a number of activities, including the christening of an entrance roadway named Michael Owens Way in honor of the inventor of the bottle-blowing machine who gave the firm its start 103 years ago.  "It creates a whole new work style for us," said James Baehren, the company's chief administrative officer.  He spoke to about 200 community, county, and state officials and O-I employees.

 

Tom Blaha, director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, said the new facility marks the beginning of his county becoming an attractive home for corporate headquarters.  The Levis business park, formerly called Levis Development Park, includes 400 acres on which O-I opened research and development operations in the mid-1960s. 

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060819/BUSINESS03/608190415/-1/RSS04

 

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What a hideous building.


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Backing for recreation district gathers steam

Toledo Blade, 8/3/06

 

Perrysburg city and township officials said they are receptive to talking with the Perrysburg school district about establishing a joint recreation district.

 

The idea was brought up by the schools informally in March, and last week the schools invited a representative from the Sylvania recreation district to a board meeting to talk about the potential benefits.

 

Any agreement is likely to be a few years away. "It isn't going to be a quick process," said City Council President Joe Lawless. He said the meeting in March, the first conversation the groups had about the idea in many years, was very preliminary.

 

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Store owners make pitch for bigger lettering

Toledo Blade, 8/4/06

 

Downtown Perrysburg business owners told the city planning commission last night that awnings with visible letters aren’t just good advertising, they make driving safer.  “People coming downtown need to be comfortable they can find what they’re looking for,” said Yvonne Fey, owner of Body and Sole.

 

Her awning, like some others along Louisiana Avenue, was incorrectly approved with lettering larger than the code allows.  She said the 9-inch letters required by the sign code wouldn’t be visible.

 

Marcia Thrush of Thrush’s Bakery, which has an awning that conforms to the code but is difficult to read, said it would cost $1,300 to redo the awning with larger letters.

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Bowling Green council to discuss library’s parking plan

Toledo Blade, 8/23/06

 

At the request of residents opposed to the Wood County District Public Library’s plans to build a parking lot at North Church and West Court streets, City Council plans to discuss whether it ought to hire independent counsel to examine the issue.

 

Relying on an opinion by the county prosecutor, library officials have said they do not plan to seek a zoning change for the property, now zoned single-family residential.  State law, they contend, does not require governmental entities to comply with local zoning restrictions, and City Attorney Mike Marsh concurs with that opinion.

 

Council President Megan Newlove said yesterday she decided to hold a committee of the whole meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 “to give us an opportunity to discuss what our role should or shouldn’t be and what our options are.”

 

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I have it on good authority that Bass Pro Shops has chosen Rossford for thier second location in Ohio. The announcement will be made sometime in the next few days.

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Bowling Green considers $480,000 bond-conversion plan

Toledo Blade, 8/23/06

 

City Council on Monday gave first reading to a proposal to convert into bonds $480,000 in short-term notes issued last year to help the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation buy 19 acres next to the Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve.

 

The foundation stopped a developer from building a 50-home subdivision on the land along Sand Ridge Road by striking a deal to buy the 19 acres for $585,000.  City Finance Director Rebecca Underwood said the short-term notes mature Nov. 9, and she was able to lock in a 4.42 percent interest rate on 10-year bonds.  If approved by council, the parks foundation would begin making principal payments of $60,000 a year plus interest in 2008.

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Bass Pro Shops looks at location in Rossford

National retailer seeks tax incentive

 

The national retailer Bass Pro Shops is interested in building a large store in Rossford that could employ several hundred workers and lure shoppers from many miles away, Wood County officials said yesterday. 

 

The retailer, which specializes in fishing and hunting equipment, submitted an application Friday with the Wood County commissioners for an economic incentive package to build the store in the so-called Crossroads of America area in Rossford, county Administrator Andrew Kalmar said.  The agreement, if approved, would give the retailer three-quarters of the county's 1-cent sales tax on purchases at the new store for up to 10 years.

 

The retailer's application says it wants to build a 150,000-to 180,000-square-foot store on vacant land west of Crossroads Parkway and south of State Rt. 795, Mr. Kalmar said.  The store would include space for a restaurant, a boat dealership, and an 18,000-gallon aquarium. 

 

It would employ a minimum of 250 full-time employees, he said.  Construction costs were estimated at $50 million.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060903/NEWS18/609030364/-1/RSS09

 

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Fixes to exteriors of schools top list

Toledo Blade, 8/31/06

 

School buildings topped the list of where money should be directed throughout the Rossford school district, according to a list recently compiled by two district officials.  Other projects they hope to complete over the next two years include putting in new tennis courts and replacing school buses regularly.

 

Treasurer James Rossler, Jr., and Ron Weaks, buildings and grounds supervisor, recently looked at the district in its entirety to come up with a list of what to do with its $1.2 million enterprise zone fund balance.  Enterprise zone funding comes from tax abatements with companies - limited donations that are typically 10 years in duration, Mr. Rossler said.

 


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From the 9/6/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Wood County prepares to reel in a big one

Retailer has applied for 'Crossroads' site

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - Calling it one of the biggest retail coups in Ohio and the biggest economic development news in Wood County in a decade, local officials say they are thrilled that Bass Pro Outdoor World is proceeding with plans for a $50 million development off I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike in Rossford.

 

The wheels are in motion, and turning quickly, to get Bass Pro to northern Wood County where company officials say they would like to build a 150,000 to 180,000-square foot retail store, seafood restaurant, and marine dealership that would create the equivalent of 250 full-time jobs.

 

On Friday, commissioners received an application from the Springfield, Mo.-based sports outfitter asking that commissioners declare the proposed development an "impact facility." Under a new Ohio law, such a facility would qualify for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the county sales tax collected at the store for up to 10 years or until Bass Pro recoups its development costs.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060906/NEWS17/609060420/-1/RSS08

 


From same:

 

Small retailers voice worries to planned Bass Pro in Rossford

By MARY-BETH McLAUGHLIN

BLADE BUSINESS WRITER

 

News that outdoor gear retailer Bass Pro Shops plans to put one of its mega-stores in Rossford elicited an unenthusiastic response from Mike Felstein.  "Let's just say I'm not going to be making them cookies to welcome them," Mr. Felstein, owner of Woodville Surplus, in Oregon, said. "They're competition and the pie is only so big. Small independents are becoming an endangered species."

 

Other owners of local shops selling fishing and hunting equipment had equally negative reactions yesterday to news that Bass Pro, of Springfield, Mo., will open in Wood County soon - and will receive tax incentives to do so.  "I don't mind competition because it's a free society, but don't give somebody an unfair advantage," said Mike Tyson, owner of Mike's Party Mart in Bowling Green, which sells fishing lures and tackle along with beer and lottery tickets.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060906/BUSINESS10/609060381/-1/RSS04

 

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From the 9/7/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Supporters tout incentives to lure Bass Pro

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - To critics of a sales tax rebate that's been dangled in front of Bass Pro Outdoor World to locate in Rossford, Wood County Commissioner Jim Carter says this:  "You have to ask the question back, 'What would you rather have: 100 percent of nothing or 25 percent of something - for 10 years?'"

 

Under a new state law written to attract Bass Pro to northern Wood County, the megasports outfitter may qualify for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the county's 1 percent sales tax on sales made at the proposed Rossford store for up to 10 years or until the company recoups its development costs. "It's an inducement especially when someone knows what they've got is a very desirable product," said Tom Blaha, executive director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission. "You're not giving away something you currently have."

 

The Springfield, Mo.-based company applied last week for the rebate with the promise that it would invest more than $50 million in Rossford, create the equivalent of 250 full-time jobs, attract more than 50 percent of its customers from at least 100 miles away, and dedicate at least 10 percent of the 150,000 to 180,000-square-foot facility to educational and exhibition space.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060907/NEWS17/609070377/-1/RSS08

 

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Perrysburg Township project to get county tax break

Toledo Blade, 8/23/06

 

Wood County commissioners yesterday approved a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement for a developer that plans to build and equip a $1.5 million office building in Perrysburg Township.  Kensington Investors LLC say two companies — Renhill Staffing Services and Intellishop — will be moving into the new building at the Coventry Woods business park.

 

Renhill, a temporary employment service, plans to relocate its 26 full-time employees from downtown Toledo, while Intellishop, a Perrysburg mystery-shopping firm, said it expects to add as many as 10 new full-time employees and 10 to 20 part-time workers with the move.  As part of the tax abatement agreement, Penta Career Center is to receive a one-time payment of $11,000, while Perrysburg schools are to receive about $36,000 over 10 years.

 

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From the 9/12/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Blueprint for Perrysburg, township zoning revised

Perrysburg, township need to OK retail expansion

 

A realty and development company needs approval from the city of Perrysburg and Perrysburg Township to begin additional construction in a shopping plaza on U.S. 20.  The township's zoning commission held an informal site plan review yesterday for Phase III of Perrysburg Plaza at Fremont Pike and Thompson Road, which is being developed by First Commercial Realty & Development.

 

Though the large shopping center, home to Lowe's and Kohl's, is in the township, the city has the right to a site plan review because it will provide water and sewer service.  Rob Black, chairman of the township zoning commission, said the city will review the site plan first, giving the township final approval.

 

Full story at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060912/NEWS18/609120411/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 9/14/06 Toledo Blade:

 

CROSSROADS OF AMERICA

Bass Pro education facility in Rossford to get $1 million

State also approves rebate of sales tax

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The state is sweetening the pot for Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC to locate a $50 million retail development in Rossford.  Gov. Bob Taft announced yesterday that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources had committed $1 million to help develop an outdoor education center at the Bass Pro store proposed for the Crossroads of America off I-75 near the Ohio Turnpike.

 

The Department of Development also notified Wood County officials late yesterday that Bass Pro had qualified for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the county's 1 percent sales tax on sales made at the new store for up to 10 years or until the megasports outfitter had recouped its development costs. "This clearly is an important step in the right direction with a little bit of additional good news in that the state Department of Natural Resources sees value to this project as well," Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown said.

 

State Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green), who has been working for more than eight years to land Bass Pro, said the $1 million from ODNR would come from hunting and fishing license fees and from federal excise taxes on hunting and fishing equipment that is rebated to the state based on the number of hunting and fishing licenses it sells.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060914/NEWS18/609140426/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 9/15/06 Toledo Blade:

 

Wood County eager for talks with Bass Pro

Sales tax rebate OK moves deal forward

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

BOWLING GREEN - Wood County commissioners shot off a letter to Bass Pro Outdoor World yesterday letting the company know they're ready to talk business. 

 

With confirmation from the Ohio Department of Development that Bass Pro's proposed $50 million project in Rossford qualifies for a sales tax rebate, commissioners told the company they'd send a draft agreement to it within the next week. "Based on this declaration, we are now able to proceed with negotiations for an agreement with Bass Pro regarding the reimbursement of sales tax generated by this retail facility," the commissioners wrote.

 

Under a new Ohio law, commissioners may reimburse Bass Pro for up to 75 percent of the county's 1 percent sales tax on sales made at the store for 10 years to help the company pay for its development costs.  To qualify, Bass Pro had to show it would invest at least $50 million, employ at least 150 full-time-equivalent workers, attract at least half of its customers from more than 100 miles away, and dedicate at least 10 percent of the facility to educational activities and exhibits.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060915/NEWS18/609150378/-1/RSS09

 

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