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Tiffin board of ed OKs bid for former school site

Toledo Blade, 10/24/06

 

The Tiffin Board of Education has accepted a $93,000 bid for a former school building called the Annex on South Washington Street.  The bid, submitted by Marci Funkhouser, a real estate agent who plans to renovate the facility into offices, was accepted by the board at its meeting Tuesday night.

 

The board had considered a lower offer from Oriana House, which provides treatment for offenders.  The building, a one-time post office, has been vacant for several years.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Realtor offers to buy annex

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 10/24/06

 

A local realtor has offered Tiffin City Schools $93,000 for its annex.  Marcie Funkhouser — broker and owner of Marcie and Associates Realty Inc. at 206 S. Washington St. — said Monday afternoon she would turn the building into a professional office space.

 

Papillon Limited — a business that helps Funkhouser and her husband make purchases — offered $3,000 more than what Oriana House’s administration offered the board for the building at 217 S. Washington St. a month ago.  “It’s going to be another anchor building in town that people will be proud of having,” Funkhouser said.

 

Bernie Rochford, executive vice president of Oriana House, said he can’t imagine the school board would accept his agency’s offer — with the controversy attached — for less money than the new offer.

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Buckeye Central voters to decide on bond issue to fund new facility

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 11/2/06

 

Buckeye Central Local Schools seek taxpayer approval of a bond issue to fund a new K-12 facility.  The 6.72-mill bond includes a required 0.5 mill for maintenance and is for 28 years, said Ronald Cirata, superintendent of the district.  He said the district purchased about 120 acres in 2003 that’s located at the corner of Guiss Road and SR 602.

 

“It’s out by our football complex,” he said. “We had that already planned, and that land was purchased. … It’s paid for.”  Cirata said the state of Ohio is funding $16.9 million of the project — or 80 percent — and the local share is $4.3 million.

 


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Down with the old, up with the new

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 11/6/06

 

Forty-five people gathered on Elm Street for Sunday’s dedication of three Habitat homes that occupy the spot where an aging water tower once stood.  The crowd included the homeowners, many Habitat volunteers, Tiffin Mayor Bernard Hohman and Michele Bighouse, executive director for Seneca Habitat for Humanity.

 

Don Loving, a member of Habitat’s Church Relations Committee, offered prayer. Sr. Paulette Schroeder, Orders of St. Francis provided music for the dedication ceremony.  Rev. Cliff Farmer, vice president of the Habitat board, read appropriate scripture passages suggesting people turn a building into a home.

 

“The Seneca Habitat builders have erected these three houses. They’re sturdy and warm, attractive and serviceable. They represent a good amount of effort and devotion toward that goal of eliminating inadequate housing for God’s people,” Farmer said.

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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From the 11/21/06 Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune:

 

Glasshouse site on council’s mind

By Melissa Topey, mtopey@advertiser-tribune.com

 

The former Tiffin Glasshouse was the topic of discussion at Monday night’s Tiffin City Council meeting, with three of the ordinances on the agenda involving the property.  The Tiffin Glasshouse went out of business in the early 1980s, leaving behind titanium and lead in the soil that was not cleaned up, said Jim Boroff, 4th Ward councilman.  Right now the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. owns the property, but when the property is cleaned up, it is proposed the Tiffin Paper Co. buy it for more than $70,000 to expand its operation.

 

That proposal moved one step closer when 1st Ward Councilman Steve Lepard introduced an ordinance to authorize the mayor to contract with Burgess and Niple Inc. for an estimated $80,398 to review bid specifications, oversee the soil samples taken from the property and to prepare a “no further action letter” for the environmental clean up at the property.  The city has received a Clean Ohio Assistance Fund grant for $750,000 that is to pay for these services.

 

More at http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/articles.asp?articleID=4950

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From the 11/29/06 Fostoria Focus:

 

Ritz Theatre to continue as the HeART of the Community

By MICHAEL STRONG

Ritz Executive Director

 

TIFFIN — Just 10 months ago the future of The Ritz Theatre appeared bleak when a January 2006 press conference was scheduled to announce the theatre would cease operations at the end of that month.

 

Eleventh hour negotiations between the board of Tiffin Theatre Inc. and the group of sevent banks which held its mortgage resulted in a reprieve.  The Ritz has reorganized and recently embarked on a new capital campaign to reduce the remaining debt and establish a stable endowment account to ensure the long term operations of this architectural and cultural gem.

 

MORE: http://www.fostoriafocus.com/viewarticle.asp?artID=7769

 

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Park gains 63 acres from donation

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 12/14/06

 

The Seneca County Park District board Wednesday accepted the donation of a 63-acre nature preserve west of West Lodi by John “Jeb” Bowen.  An estimated value is not yet known, pending an appraisal scheduled for this morning. A survey and final paperwork also must be completed before the donation becomes final.

 

Bowen, an archeologist with the Ohio Historical Society, created the natural area. He lives there and is to have a life lease. Upon his death, seven more acres are to become park district property.  The area — on the north side of CR 38 — contains grasslands, wetlands and woodlands.  “All we have to do is develop trails,” Park Director Roland Zimmerman said.

 


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Residents voice concern again

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 2/21/07

 

Residents came to Tuesday’s Tiffin City Council meeting to discuss their concerns on the Woda Group development project.  Mark Wade, of Huss Street, addressed council members, asking them to not pass a resolution authorizing a letter of support for the Dallas Street project.

 

The resolution would be submitted by the Woda Group to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency when it submits in June an application for a tax credit.  Wade asked council members if there was a need for rental properties in Tiffin. 

 

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Seneca East site work could be finished later this year

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 2/28/07

 

The Seneca East Board of Education approved items for the new campus project Saturday morning, and the construction manager indicated Monday site work may be finished later this year. 

 

The board approved a permanent easement with the Ohio Department of Transportation for installation, maintenance and repair of posts for a traffic light at the entrance to the new school off US 224, west of Attica.  Also, the board purchased a fraction of an acre for $1 from an adjacent landholder to accomodate ODOT signal requirements and donated a strip of land along the front of the new site to ODOT for lane widening.

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Buckeye Central bond sale OK’d

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 3/10/07

 

The Buckeye Central Board of Education voted Thursday night to expedite bond sales for the local cost share of the new campus project.  The decision should lock in an interest range around 4 percent on the roughly $8.45 million borrowed through the bonds, enabling the district to reinvest the money at about one point higher and earn about $80,000 over the following 12-18 months before spending the principal on construction expenses.

 

Voters approved a ballot issue for the new campus last month, and the bond sale is the next step before design work and construction of the new school on the outskirts of New Washington.  The Ohio School Facilities Commission is to provide 80 percent of the cost of the basic layout, known as the master plan, while bonds finance the balance and pay for additional square footage.

 

“We are hopeful we can capture the low rates that currently exist in the market,” said Patrick King of A.G. Edwards, the Columbus firm handling the bond sale for the district.  He said Thursday’s board vote will allow the district to enter the bond market May 1.

 

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From the 3/20/07 Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune:

 

Woda withdraws support request

By Melissa Topey, mtopey@advertiser-tribune.com

 

Tiffin City Council learned Monday night The Woda Group has pulled its request for a resolution of support for the Dallas Crossing project.  In a March 19 letter to Jim Boroff, 4th Ward councilman, the Woda Group withdrew its request for support in their attempt to obtain a federal tax credit.  The Woda Group plans to develop the housing using other financing, according to the letter. 

 

Rich Focht, president and chief executive officer of Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp., spoke to members to discuss development in the city.  He told members the city has made a $1.6 million investment in Eagle Rock Industrial Park and SIEDC is working on the enterprise zone agreement.  Focht also talked about what he termed the big three — the old Kroger property, the Ames property and the old Wal-Mart property.

 

More at http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/articles.asp?articleID=7182

 

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Cleanup plans for Tiffin Glasshouse site continue

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 6/14/07

 

Cleanup on the Tiffin Glasshouse property is moving ahead after a meeting in Columbus.  Representatives of the city and the engineering firm Burgess & Niple, Columbus, met with several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, May 30 to start to formalize engineering specifications for how the cleanup of the brownfield site is to proceed.

 

A brownfied site is usually a former indusrial site that may be hard to redevelop because of hazardous pollutants, said Dina Pierce, Northwest District media coordinator with the Ohio EPA.  The remediation, or cleanup, of the Tiffin Glasshouse property is being supervised by Burgess & Niple. Pierce said Burgess & Niple are submitting occasional reports to the EPA to keep them informed.

 

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Buckeye Central moving ahead with plans for new K-12 campus

Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune, 6/17/07

 

Site clearing for Buckeye Central School District’s new K-12 campus may begin as early as October, architect Kent Buehrer said Thursday night.  Board of Education President Gary Green and board member Roger Payne attended the community update, along with Superintendent Ron Cirata, administration and faculty representatives.  The board also met Tuesday, having moved the scheduled monthly meeting ahead by two days.

 

A construction bond levy won approval at a February special election, allowing the district to fund the 20 percent local share of the academic area, with the Ohio School Facilities Commission providing the other 80 percent.  The levy also included a locally funded initiative for more gymnasium space and other requirements not included in the state’s basic calculations.

 

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From the 3/21/07 Fostoria Focus:

 

PHOTO: Making his mark: Seneca County Commissioner Mike Bridinger signs the final beam before it is hoisted into place Friday at what will become the new Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. The beam was autographed by scores of hospital employees and those present at Friday’s topping off ceremony. Plans call for the new facility to open in 18 months.

 

PHOTO: Putting it in place: Gurtzweiler Inc. ironworkers Josh Daninburger and John Perone secure the final beam in place at the site of what will become the new Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. The beam was autographed by scores of hospital employees and those present at Friday’s topping off ceremony.

 

Mercy tops off its building project

By JOHN MONTGOMERY

Focus Reporter

 

TIFFIN — Normally when a step in a project is reached, it’s checked off. Friday, Mercy Hospital of Tiffin topped one off.  Mercy celebrated the placement of the final steel beam in its new hospital facility on the southwest side of Tiffin with a topping off ceremony.

 

The ceremony continues an ironworkers’ tradition dating back to Europe, when workers would place an evergreen atop the final beam installed in building as a symbol of no loss of life during construction.

 

Workers sometimes use an American flag instead of a tree today in America, and Friday was no different as Henry Gurtzweiler Inc. crane operator Louie Minchocka and workers Josh Daninburger and John Perone hoisted the beam and secured it into place.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.fostoriafocus.com/viewarticle.asp?artID=8526

 

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From the 7/12/07 Tiffin Advertiser-Tribune:

 

PHOTO: A third-floor view is seen of the scaffolding put up to lay part of the more than 141,000 bricks needed to cover the outside of the new Mercy Hospital of Tiffin.  PHOTO BY JIM SHOBE

 

Mercy’s march

By MaryAnn Kromer, mkromer@advertiser-tribune.com

 

Ground was broken a year ago at the site of the new Mercy Hospital of Tiffin. On Wednesday, Lathrop project manager Philip Baatz and Charles Ervin, director of facility and support operations, conducted tours at the structure that has risen three stories above the ground.

 

“Thirteen months ago, we were sitting in a tent on a field,” Ervin said. “Now, a year later, we thought it would be appropriate … to have you back out here.”

 

About 40 visitors were guided through the first, second and third floors, beginning near the main entrance. Lines on the concrete floors indicate where walls are to be built.  A curved outline marks the area of the two-story chapel that is to have glass walls and ceiling to let in natural light.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/articles.asp?articleID=9188

 

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Voters OK TU’s Miami Street project

 

By Melissa Topey, mtopey@advertiser-tribune.com

POSTED: November 5, 2008

 

TIFFIN - The Miami Street beautification project is moving ahead, with the referendum passing unofficially 4,597 to 3,314.  Final unofficial totals show 58 percent of voters agreed with city council's decision approving the estimated $800,000 project that is expected to widen a portion of Miami Street, install a tree-lined median, and turn Jackson Street into a cul-de-sac, areas that run through Tiffin University.

 

"I'm pleased to hear that. I think this indicates the majority of citizens appreciate the positive contribution that Tiffin University makes to the economy and the quality of life to Seneca County and Tiffin," said Paul Marion, president of TU.

 

It was that portion of the project that roused the Monaco family to start a campaign against the changes to Jackson Street.  Buildings on the street between Miami and Clay streets are owned by TU except the single home on Jackson owned by Dora Monaco.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.advertiser-tribune.com/page/content.detail/id/510298.html

 

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From the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit list released by on December 20, 2016:  https://www.development.ohio.gov/files/media/pressrelease/2016%201220%20Awards%20Assist%2018%20Historic%20Rehabiliation%20Projects%20-Round%2017.pdf

 

Tunison Flats (Tiffin, Seneca County)

Total Project Cost: $620,902

Total Tax Credit: $99,031

Address: 105-107 Frost Parkway, 44883

 

The Tunison Flats project is the first to be awarded state tax credits in Tiffin.  Constructed as a duplex in the late 1880s, this building was later converted into four apartments.  This project will rehabilitate the brick building into three apartments while preserving the original staircases, fireplace mantels, wood trim, and windows.

 

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