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TMACOG receives $23.6 million grant for Glass City Riverwalk

A pair of Ohio congressmen announced Thursday the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments is receiving over $20 million to build a multiuse path along the Maumee River. The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $23.6 million to the group as part of the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grant program. The money will […]

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Can retail recover from virus? Experts say future is murky

In 2019 there were 17 major retailers who filed for bankruptcy, including Forever 21, Barney’s of New York, Things Remembered, and Payless ShoeSource. With 2020 just over seven months old, there already have been 26 major retailers that have sought bankruptcy protection, including J.C. Penney, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and this past Tuesday, Stein […]

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Local nonprofit seeks permit for construction of youth center with golf course

The First Tee of Lake Erie is seeking a special use permit to build a multi-million dollar youth leadership center on Hill Avenue. The center, which would be located at 4450 Hill Ave., would act as a headquarters for the city’s local First Tee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing youth to golf, and a […]

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Lucas County Land Bank acquires historic Spitzer, Nicholas buildings downtown

There is renewed hope the crumbling Spitzer Building in Toledo’s downtown may soon be restored to its once-majestic self. The Lucas County Land Bank’s board during a special meeting Tuesday voted to accept the deeds to both the Spitzer building and its neighboring Fifth Third Center and Port Lawrence buildings that sit on or near […]

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County seeks $10 million federal grant to renovate SeaGate Convention Centre

The Lucas County Commissioners took a small step Tuesday toward a much larger plan to make the downtown SeaGate Convention Centre more attractive by agreeing to submit an application for a $10 million federal grant. Should the county be approved for the Economic Development Administration grant, which would come under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and […]

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Local HVAC companies try to meet summer demand despite virus

A combination of summer heat and coronavirus-related home comfortability concerns are driving demand for air conditioning services in the Toledo area. Toledo’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning firms are facing high demand for service work on cooling units this summer, according to several area companies. While early coronavirus precautions limited business, now HVAC companies are […]

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Heidtman Steel Products invests $9.1 million in expansion, adds 65 jobs

Heidtman Steel Products, Inc., a Toledo-based processor of flat-rolled steel, is expanding its operations in Bedford Township and the city of Bedford Township to create a new steel tubing operation that is expected to create 65 jobs when finished. Heidtman, which has nine steel processing facilities in four Great Lakes states, is backing a new […]

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Hotel Seagate to be demolished; Park Inn Hotel rehab planned

In a major shift in development plans for downtown Toledo, the crumbling skeleton of the 19-story Hotel Seagate on Summit Street that was to be renovated this year now will be torn down, and the nearby Park Inn Hotel will be renovated starting later this year with completion sometime in early 2022. The $64.5 million […]

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Southwyck, French Quarter are case studies in shifting industries

The retail landscape continues to shift in the U.S. and a pair of properties in northwest Ohio provide an interesting juxtaposition. After a decade of conjecture and stalled plans, the former Southwyck Mall site in Toledo is being transformed into an Amazon delivery station, which city officials consider a monumental victory. There is more positive […]

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New downtown marketing firm opens with focus on local businesses, branding

The Glass City’s newest marketing firm wants to sell your local company branded merchandise and help it grow. Jim Walrod opened Front Door Marketing in January after a 14-year career at The Image Group where he developed his expertise in business-to-business marketing and branded merchandise. Front Door is a full-service promotional company with a personal […]

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ProMedica to build ER in Maumee

ProMedica announced plans Thursday to build a freestanding emergency room in Maumee on Anthony Wayne Trail near the I-475 interchange, and in the virtual shadows of St. Luke’s Hospital. The new facility will be the second ProMedica Toledo Hospital ER in the region. A news release from ProMedica said the center will “support the growing […]

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Colony development proposal on track for city council approval

Plans for a major development near ProMedica Toledo Hospital are on track for city council approval, despite the request of two councilmen and a dozen community members to delay Wednesday’s committee meeting on the project until it could be held in person. ProMedica and Columbus-based developer Frank Kass, who founded Continental Real Estate Co., intend to […]

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Glass City Metropark, International Park to be blended into one big downtown riverfront project

Several actions were approved on Earth Day by Metroparks Toledo board members to keep on track what the organization calls the single most ambitious project in the park district’s history. Perhaps none were more important than the formalization of a marriage between the future Glass City Metropark and International Park, the latter of which was […]

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Certain businesses faring well during pandemic

Joe Sofo wasn’t sure what to expect from a business standpoint when the coronavirus pandemic hit hard over a month ago, but the results have been pleasantly surprising. Sofo Foods, which supplies ingredients to restaurants and fast food joints and operates a retail store on Monroe Street, is one of the local businesses faring well […]

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A first look at Amazon facility at old Southwyck Mall Location

We are getting a first look at the renderings of the new Amazon facility that will be going in at the old Southwyck Mall location. The new development is expected to take up nearly 60 acres of space and will bring in 10 full time and 100 part-time jobs. The next planning meeting where it […]

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UT to request proposals for sale, lease, or other options for UTMC

University of Toledo administrators will seek requests for proposals to purchase, lease, or manage the UT Medical Center, the university announced Monday. The UT Board of Trustees had announced in February that it was “considering all options” for the college’s medical center, the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital — including selling it — and cited steep financial […]

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Coronavirus not slowing down most development projects

At least one major economic development project in northwest Ohio is at a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, but for now, most developers and officials remain optimistic about the future. Construction workers are exempt from Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, but Cleveland-Cliffs announced last week that it is pausing work on a hot briquette […]

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Potential suitors eyeing Speedway

Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Speedway gas-station division has drawn interest from potential buyers including the owner of convenience-store chain 7-Eleven as well as TDR Capital, people familiar with the matter said. Seven & i Holdings Co., the Japanese company that controls 7-Eleven, is working with advisers as it considers a takeover of Speedway, according to the […]

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Georgio’s Cafe plans to add Sylvania location

Georgio’s Cafe International, a popular downtown restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine for more than three decades, plans to add a second location next month in Sylvania. The new Georgio’s Grill will hit the ground running by taking over the site of another restaurant now in the process of closing — the 5th Street Pub, at 5577 […]

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ProMedica puts Coldwater Regional Hospital up for sale

ProMedica healthcare system said Tuesday that it has initiated steps to sell its Coldwater Regional Hospital in Coldwater, Mich., one of its 13 hospitals owned or managed by the Toledo-based not-for-profit entity. Located 100 miles northwest of Toledo, Coldwater Regional is an 87-bed acute care hospital that ProMedica has operated since February, 2016. The Toledo […]

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Redevelopment coming to former Elder-Beerman, Sisters of Notre Dame properties

New businesses are being proposed at currently vacant sites along Secor Road. The largest proposed development would come to the former Elder-Beerman department store location at 3301 Secor Road, which closed in July, 2018, after parent firm Bon-Ton Stores went bankrupt. The closure left a 154,000-square-foot, two-story building empty. According to Toledo Plan Commission documents, […]

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Women entrepreneurs and business owners on the rise in Ohio

As a little girl, Stephanie Johnston dreamed about owning her own business, but after spending nearly 18 years in the corporate world, including nearly eight years at Owens-Illinois, it seemed as though her career track was becoming defined by Wall Street. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of my time at O-I. But […]

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Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing like never before

Three years ago, the mood around the First Solar Inc. complex in Perrysburg Township was glum. The Tempe, Ariz.-based solar panel manufacturer announced the permanent layoff of about 450 employees as it phased out its older panels to make room for its new, larger Series 6 thin-film panels. The Series 6 went into production in mid-2018, and […]

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UT moves forward with plan to sell its Scott Park campus

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees is progressing with plans to sell Scott Park campus and recently approved a resolution to begin the process of securing state approval. The university will need permission from the General Assembly to transfer the property. State agencies typically need such approval because property is owned by the state […]

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Get ready! Construction is about to begin on new Glass City Metropark

Drive along Main Street in East Toledo where the old Toledo Sports Arena used to stand and you can see the construction happening now on Marina District land that had frustrated Toledoans for remaining vacant so long. That’s the $45 million, 360-unit cluster of apartments and townhouses Columbus developer Frank Kass is building near the […]

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Officials promise change is coming for Fort Industry Square, Hotel SeaGate

Each day at Balance Pan-Asian Grille’s downtown eatery customers who look out the restaurant’s west-facing windows can count on a dismal view of the corner of North Summit Street and Jefferson Avenue. Staring back at them is the half-demolished,19-story skeleton of the former Hotel Seagate, its street-level deconstruction hidden by a perimeter construction fence but […]

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11 Toledo area firms among Inc. magazine’s list of fastest growing companies

Eleven companies in northwest Ohio have been named to Inc. magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. The new list, which was released Wednesday, includes eight firms that are on the list for the first time, along with one Toledo firm that is making its appearance on the Inc. 5000 for the […]

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It’s official: Amazon is coming to Rossford

The tenant has finally been revealed for a major economic development project in Rossford, and it’s not a surprise. Amazon.com announced Monday morning that it is building a fulfillment center on 100 acres in The Crossroads, just east of I-75 and north of U.S. 20/23. A second center will be location in Akron. City and company […]

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Buyer in the wings for Monclova Township site resembles Temperance firm

The city of Toledo is close to a deal to sell 50 acres in Monclova Township to a mystery company from Michigan that would use the land for a corporate headquarters, manufacturing facility, and distribution warehouse. The company would be relocating 150 employees and could add another 50 within two years of completing the facility […]

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After 20 years, Paula Brown Shop on Monroe Street is closing

The Paula Brown Shop, a Toledo retailer that has been offering customers fine and unusual gifts for 20 years in downtown Toledo, is calling it quits. The store’s owners, Paula and Peter Brown, of Perrysburg, said they have decided to ease into retirement by closing their business. The couple plans to relax, enjoy visiting with […]

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Toledo job market strong for local grads

This spring, about 4,300 students in the Toledo area donned caps and gowns in order to receive the fruits of four years of study: a college bachelor’s degree. And while some may be forced to leave town to find employment, the bulk of the 2019 class of college graduates should find lots of opportunity in […]

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Fort Industry Square rehabilitation gets $5 million tax credit

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded a $5 million tax credit for the rehabilitation of Fort Industry Square on Summit Street. The credit is part of more than $28 million in tax credits the agency awarded for the rehabilitation of 49 historic buildings across the state, according to a release from the agency on Wednesday. […]

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City considers new plan for former Southwyck Shopping Center site

After five years of trying, the city of Toledo has given up on the idea that the former Southwyck Shopping Center site on Reynolds Road might one day return to being a retail mecca. The Toledo Plan Commission on Thursday will consider a request by the city to change the zoning of the 58.5 acre site — […]

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Whole Foods sign goes up over Secor Road building

It has a lease, and now Whole Foods has a sign adorning the 30,000-square-foot anchor building in the Secor Square shopping plaza at 3436 Secor Rd. Workers attached a “Whole Foods Market” sign on Tuesday to the building, suggesting an opening for the long-awaited store might occur in the next month or two. The company — a […]

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Port Authority approves bonds for warehouse near Toledo Express Airport

Financing for an 80,000-square-foot warehouse at the budding Express Industrial Park was approved Thursday morning by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s board of directors. The $5 million in taxable bonds from the Northwest Ohio Bond Fund will be personally guaranteed by Ed Harmon, the developer with whom the port authority has worked on both of […]

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Health care company eyes former Sisters of Notre Dame property

One of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute health care services wants to build a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital on Monroe Street at Secor Road on the former Sisters of Notre Dame property where Kroger once planned to build a new store. Encompass Health Corp. of Birmingham, Ala., plans to spend $27 million to construct the […]

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GM says more investment, jobs, coming to Toledo Transmission plant

General Motors’ plans to sell its shuttered factory in Lordstown, Ohio, to a company that builds electric trucks also include investing big bucks in several other Ohio cities, including Toledo. President Trump announced the deal with a company named Workhorse on Twitter on Wednesday morning. He also wrote that GM plans to spend $700 million at three locations […]

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Toledo Zoo buys land along Anthony Wayne Trail

The Toledo Zoo has purchased a portion of the once heavily contaminated former Jennison Wright property along the Anthony Wayne Trail. The 8.95-acre parcel, previously owned by Ron Gorney as trustee, is part of the larger South Toledo site where the company once processed coal to produce asphalt pavement sealer — the product known locally […]

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THE DETROIT FREE PRESS NAMES SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES A WINNER OF THE MICHIGAN 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

THE DETROIT FREE PRESS NAMES SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES A WINNER OF THE MICHIGAN 2018 TOP WORKPLACES AWARD

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—November 29, 2018— Signature Associates has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, […]

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SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES BROKERS NAMED AS COSTAR POWER BROKERS FOR 2017

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—March 29, 2018— CoStar Group has awarded its annual Power Broker Awards and honored Signature Associates with 31 “Power Broker” distinctions.  The Signature brokers account for 26% of the overall award winners and 43% of the industrial award winners.  In addition to the individual awards, Signature Associates, as a company, was named in the […]

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SIGNATURE ASSOCIATES HOSTS COMPANY-WIDE VOLUNTEER EVENT AT GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN—April 24, 2017— Signature Associates company-wide volunteer effort with 81 Signature professionals from our eight regional offices along with their friends and families gathered at Gleaners Community Food Bank on April 21, in downtown Detroit. Signature Team Cares worked together to touch over 24,000 Southeastern Michigan residents by redistributing and packing food along with […]

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