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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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http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090815/NEWS16/908159997

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Article published August 15, 2009

 

$175 million rail project gets under way in Wood County

Terminal boosts area jobs outlook

 

By DAVID PATCH

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

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.

 

Full story at the link above:

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Wood County poised for recovery

BY JANET ROMAKER, BLADE STAFF WRITER

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

BY ROSA NGUYEN, BLADE STAFF WRITER

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:

http://www.sent-trib.com/news/evolution-of-east-wooster/article_b90f9f98-8e02-11e5-84dd-3f1338be3723.html

 

http://www.13abc.com/home/headlines/Bowling-Green-business-students-weigh-in-on-E-Wooster-St-project-361516781.html

 

Details of the plan:

 

http://media.graytvinc.com/documents/Bowling+Green+City+Council+11_14_15.pdf

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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.

 

TRANSITION

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

 

https://www.toledoblade.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/21/business-notebook-northwest-ohio-under-construction/stories/20181021161

Edited by westerninterloper

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Some Bowling Green updates:

In sum, there isn't a lot of new residential or commercial construction in town, but significant investment in a rebuilt Wooster St/I-75 interchange - with roundabouts, and the start of a master plan for developing Wooster Street and making the city more pedestrian and bike friendly. 

 

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Pedestrian crosswalks to get beacons on East Wooster

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 BG Independent News

BGSU students crossing East Wooster Street will soon have the benefit of lights warning motorists to give pedestrians the right-of-way.

Four pedestrian crosswalks were installed last year on East Wooster Street – one by the Stroh Center, and three between the traffic lights at Manville and South College avenues....

 

 

BG’s front door on East Wooster Street needs serious facelift

City officials listen to presentation about East Wooster Street development possibilities.

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN DECEMBER 11, 2018 BG Independent News

Bowling Green’s front door is not exactly creating a great first impression for those entering the city.

Knowing this, the city and BGSU hired Development Strategies to examine the 1.8 miles of East Wooster from Interstate 75 to the downtown. The firm has spent six months interviewing officials and residents, examining housing data, looking at construction costs, studying the zoning code, and more.

 

Five houses being demolished for East Wooster facelift

One of five homes being demolished along East Wooster Street.

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN DECEMBER 31, 2018   BG Independent News

Brick by brick and board by board, bulldozers are changing the landscape along East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

The demolition of the old houses is seen by some as a blessing for the future – while others view it as a loss of the city’s past

The city of Bowling Green received five demolition permit requests at the end of last month for houses across from Bowling Green State University. Those houses – at 926, 930, 1010, 1024 and 1030 East Wooster Street – are now at various stages of demolition.

 

Westbound Wooster to be closed for a month over I-75

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Construction for roundabouts at I-75

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN MARCH 23, 2019

Westbound East Wooster Street over Interstate 75 will close for one month starting April 15, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

This closure is required for the roundabout construction on East Wooster Street at Interstate 75. The ODOT detour will be Mercer Road, Poe Road and Dunbridge Road.

 

 

Report on East Wooster Street doesn’t pull any punches

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Closed business at corner of East Wooster Street and Manville Avenue.

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN MARCH 24, 2019   BG Independent News

Bowling Green took a jab to the gut last week in the release of a study on the East Wooster Street entrance to the community.

The “strategy for redevelopment,” conducted by Development Strategies of St. Louis, pulled no punches as it pointed out where the city has gone wrong, and where it needs to change course to avoid a downward spiral.

The university and historic downtown are definite draws for the community, the study stated. But East Wooster Street – the front porch of the community – is littered with “haphazard development and poor quality buildings.”

 

BG may buy land downtown; build restrooms by Wooster Green

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Downtown property shaded in yellow and purple that city is considering buying.

POSTED BY: JAN LARSON MCLAUGHLIN MARCH 30, 2019 BG Independent News

Bowling Green officials are taking steps to purchase land for public restrooms by Wooster Green, parking areas on South Church Street and the home of the Four Corner Center on South Main Street.

On Monday evening, City Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance for the issuance of $890,000 in bonds for buying four parcels of land on South Church and South Main streets.

One parcel is at 119 S. Church St., located just south of the police station. The former Huntington Bank Branch location has been closed for several years, but has drive-up ATM units. The city is interested in building bathrooms there that will serve those using Wooster Green as well as visitors to the downtown area.

In addition, the location has been eyed by the city for years as property that could be used to expand the police station. While there are no immediate plans for an expansion, the addition of an improved safety dispatch center is one of the city’s long-term capital plans.

 

 

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wooster street east of main has always been a hideous, ugly mess.

 

i am glad the city and college were called out on it.

 

what to do about it instead of making it worse as they always do is another story.

 

hopefully the old sbx/myles pizza block comes down for a modern apts over retail development someday. and the same for across the street. i would bet the demand is there.

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9 minutes ago, mrnyc said:

wooster street east of main has always been a hideous, ugly mess.

 

i am glad the city and college were called out on it.

 

what to do about it instead of making it worse as they always do is another story.

 

hopefully the old sbx/myles pizza block comes down for a modern apts over retail development someday. and the same for across the street. i would bet the demand is there.

Might be time for a visit by city officials to their sister city of Kent, Ohio and see what they are doing right. 

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On 10/17/2019 at 10:40 AM, Htsguy said:

Might be time for a visit by city officials to their sister city of Kent, Ohio and see what they are doing right. 

BG officials have been in touch with folks in Oxford, but yeah, BG has a long way to go reconstructing the Wooster St corridor. 

 

The roundabouts are finished now, and a new five-story hotel is under construction on East Wooster where the Victory Inn used to be; Panera is also open on E Wooster -- a new building where the Big Boy used to be, a new lighted BGSU sign is up at Wooster and Mercer, where Harshman used to be, and a few other houses across from the University are coming down.

 

On campus, the new Business building/Hayes Hall is the major construction project, and downtown, reconstruction of Main Street seems to be taking forever, but is almost complete.

 

Last bit: a medical marijuana dispensary is also open in BG, on North Main in the old Glass City Federal Credit Union building. 

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