Façade Enhancement

Downtown building to get Façade Enhancement

33 S Washington33 South Washington Street to receive funds for external improvements

TIFFIN, OHIO – November 4, 2015 – Yesterday, the Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for the building at 33 South Washington Street.

Owner Ned Behm plans to invest about $15,700 in the exterior of his building. Improvements include second and third floor window replacement, tuck pointing and brick repair, awning mechanism repair and cover replacement, repainting non-masonry materials and a storefront window replacement. The grant will reimburse Behm about $7,800 for the project.

“A lot of work needs to be done to the building, so it is great that this grant is out there to help offset some of the costs of renovating the building,” Behm said.

In the early 1900’s the building was home to Edward S. Pultz Pawn Broker’s. It has also served as a jewelry store and a thrift shop.

Behm’s building is the 15th façade enhancement project approved in 2015 and the 26th since the program was founded in September 2014. Of the $100,000 set aside by the city at the beginning of the year, a little more than $13,000 remains in the Façade Enhancement Grant fund.

On Monday night, Tiffin City Council voted to expand the Façade Enhancement Program to include buildings whose main entrances face an alley, with no entrance facing a major road. The changes will take effect January 1, 2016.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Two downtown Tiffin businesses receive façade grants

Total investment with the innovative program exceeds $675,000 in first year

ABR soni select

ABR discusses Soni Junction project

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 1, 2015 – Today, the Architectural Board of Review approved Façade Enhancement Grants for Select Realty Group and Soni Junction. The two projects represent more than $200,000 in investment, increasing the number of projects approved to 24 and the total amount of investment to almost $700,000.

The first project approved is a demolition and complete new construction of the Soni Junction gas station and convenience store on the south side, at 260 S. Washington St. The exciting project will place a new structure with a beautiful brick façade on the front, to complement the surrounding historic buildings. The owners purchased the property in 2008 and with the $10,000 grant, they now plan to invest more than $200,000 at the site.

The second project approved is improvements for the new Select Realty location at 23 S. Washington. The company plans restoring the exterior of the building, including scraping, repairing, and painting the front exterior, two front doors and the metal roof; masonry repair; tuck pointing; and new signage. Select Realty Partner Sara Riesen praised the program, saying “We are excited to have invested in downtown. The grant money is a great way to help offset the costs of the repairs we need to do to enhance the building. We are very appreciative.” The building formerly housed Edward Jones Investments and the Bennett Law Firm. It was purchased in June for around $100,000.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is pleased with the momentum of the Façade Enhancement Program. “Since we created the program last September, 24 projects have been approved, for a total investment of more than $675,000, more than $500,000 of that in 2015 alone. The program is only going to get bigger and I can’t wait to see what else it will accomplish.”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

ACE, Sherwin-Williams offer discounts to renovators

ACEThe Tiffin ACE Hardware and Sherwin-Williams stores are now offering discounts to downtown and historic building owners revitalizing their properties.

ACE Hardware (1550 West Market Street) is offering any downtown business participating in the Facade Enhancement Program discounts on interior and exterior paints. Exterior colors must be selected from thesherwin Historical Color palette, provided at the store, and prior approval for all exterior work must be received from the Architectural Board of Review. The following brands are available at a discount: Clark+Kensington, Ace Royal,Valspar Aspire, Valspar Optimus and Valspar ValPro Professional.

Sherwin-Williams (664 West Market Street) is offering Tiffin Historic District members discounts on products and services. When making a purchase, building owners can use a code to receive: 15-40% off paints and stains, 15% off supplies, extended record keeping of colors and supplies, additional wholesale event notices and deliveries (with a valid business account) in addition to color matching and on-site assistance.

For more information, visit the stores or contact Stu Thorp,  419.447.8535, at Sherwin-Williams and Bryan Deats at Tiffin ACE Hardware, 419.447.5280.

THIRD FAÇADE ENHANCEMENT GRANT APPROVED

Graphics company contributing to downtown revitalization

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TIFFIN, OHIO – March 31, 2015 – This week, Tiffin’s Architectural Board of Review approved a Façade Enhancement Grant for Rush Graphix. The company’s proposed renovation and contribution to downtown revitalization involves the replacement of siding fasteners, exterior painting and the addition of a new corner-wrap awning.

Bill Franklin, owner of Rush Graphix, appreciates the grant program and announced they will proceed with the investment.  “The cost of improving a downtown building is significant, a 50 percent reimbursement is a welcome incentive.”

Rush Graphix, located at 30 Riverside Drive, has been in Tiffin for nearly nine years.  Prior to 2006, there were multiple businesses at this location.  In 1931, the Riverside Drive portion of the building, was part of the Frank Shire Filling Station.  It was subsequently owned by several automotive businesses, including Rose Motor Sales, Oldsmobile and Cadillac from 1955 to 1964.  Later, the property was purchased by Riverside Engines (JL Riedle Enterprises) who remained the owner until November of 2005 when the building was purchased by Bill Franklin.  (Source – John Huss, Architectural Board of Review Chair)

This is the third Façade Enhancement Grant for 2015. The previous 2015 approvals were awarded to the Knights of Columbus located at 49 E. Perry St. and Lange, DeVine & Claus located at 27 Court St.  Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz continues to be encouraged by the revitalization taking place downtown.  “Every building owner is an asset to the downtown and each project affirms their commitment to our great City.”

About the Façade Enhancement Program

This City of Tiffin reimbursement grant program was started in 2014 and covers 50 percent of eligible exterior improvements on residential and commercial structures within the downtown historic district. Each building is eligible up to $10,000 per calendar year.  Last year, $50,000 in available funds supported 11 projects, resulting in a total investment of more than $150,000. Learn more at www.senecasuccess.com (search Façade Enhancement.)

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio. In 2012, the community was ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for economic development, and last year, it was recognized as one of the top ten communities out of almost 600 micropolitans in the US. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.