TIFFIN, OHIO – June 16, 2020 – The Head Shed, which has been operating in Tiffin since 1972, recently completed a major renovation of its salon at 716 W. Market St. Updates include all new stations, dryers and chairs, updated manicure and pedicure areas, new plumbing and electric, and plans are in place to install new flooring throughout the business.
The salon, which is co-owned by Chris Nominee and Serena Costantini, has 10 employees and offers services including hair cuts, perms, coloring, highlights, up dos, manicures, pedicures and waxing.
“This was the right time to do it,” Nominee said.
“The renovation has been needed and was highly anticipated by the clients and all our stylists,” Costantini said. “We are very excited to invest in our business and continue to grow with the community!”
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz said: “I’m pleased to see that our businesses owners are continuing to invest in Tiffin. In the midst of the pandemic, I’m happy to say that the business community in Tiffin and Seneca County is strong.”
For more information or an appointment, call (419) 448-9664 or search for Head Shed of Tiffin on Facebook. Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.
About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership
Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership 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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.
University has innovative plans for women’s residence hall
TIFFIN – Heidelberg University’splanned restoration and renovation of historic France Residence Hall received a major boost today when the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the university nearly $1.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the $7.5 million project (exclusive of planned costs). In July 2017, Heidelberg received $1.2 million in federal historic tax credits, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for the France Hall project, which were contingent on receiving state tax credits.
The announcement of historic tax credits for Heidelberg is great news locally. It’s just the second time that building restoration tax credits have come to Tiffin. Heidelberg administrators are appreciative of the important role community leaders played in the application process.
“We are so grateful for the outstanding support of our community partners, which was essential in our university securing these state historic tax credits,” said Heidelberg President Rob Huntington, who noted the backing of Mayor Aaron Montz, County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, State Rep. Bill Reineke and Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak. “Heidelberg University is extremely proud to be part of this collaborative effort with all of us working together to make our universities, our town, our county and ultimately, our entire community better for everyone.”
Additionally, Huntington expressed his thanks to Melissa Furchill, owner/president of MCM Co. Inc. in Cleveland, a construction management firm who lent her expertise to the application process.
Heidelberg was among 31 regional projects that will receive historic tax credits in the most recent round of funding. In all, the Ohio Development Services Agency approved $30.2 million in credits for 13 communities, including about $1.71 million for two northwest Ohio projects, both in Tiffin. In addition to Heidelberg’s France Hall project, Monument Properties is to receive a tax credit of nearly $250,000 to renovate three residential buildings in the Fort Ball-Railroad Area Historic District.
When the restoration/renovation project is complete, France Hall will be integral to engaging women with new, innovative living, learning and leadership opportunities, while supporting Heidelberg’s academic programs. The new France Hall will provide residential space for approximately 70 women students and private apartments for two female faculty members. Other features include office space for The Patricia Adams Lecture Series and other campus women’s leadership initiatives, space for all five of Heidelberg’s women’s Greek organizations, community outreach space, and renovations to the building’s Great Hall to create more space for activities and events. It is a major element in Heidelberg’s Residential Living Plan Vision.
To date, private donors have committed more than $3.1 million toward the project.
“France Hall, in its current configuration and condition, no longer meets the needs of our contemporary women students,” Huntington said. “Yet, we recognize the importance of preserving its heritage. The time has come to bring France Hall into the 21st century and transform it into a compelling, exciting and attractive facility for the campus and the community.”
The project has tremendous potential, Huntington added, because of unique opportunities to bring together the university community with the broader Tiffin community.
“This project will put a new and different face on what residential living can look like at Heidelberg,” he said. “It will integrate academic and co-curricular programs, personal and professional domains, and campus and community circles into a rich and powerful total undergraduate experience for our women students, as well as for male students when special events are hosted in France. We look forward to starting this construction work soon!”
France Hall was constructed in 1925 and is named in recognition of Luella Blackwell France, a benefactor of the university. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It has never undergone a major renovation in its 92-year history.
According to SIEDC, the Tunison Flats housing project received $99,031 in December 2016, designated to rehabilitate and preserve the 1880s-era apartment complex on Frost Parkway.
The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
The 2018 Partnership in Development Award was given to Suzie Reineke and Weston Reinbolt for their downtown building restoration projects. Not only do they preserve historic buildings, but also provide opportunities for business and downtown housing.
Suzie and Weston got into historic building renovation through their connection with Bill and Dan Reineke, who were already restoring a building of their own. “These are really cool buildings,” Weston said. Suzie added, “I never knew what was inside.”
Their first project was the “Beanstalk building,” which houses the Beanstalk on the first floor and three fully renovated apartments above. Those apartments are now full
The second project was The Renaissance. In early 2017, Suzie and Weston purchased the former DP’s building and brought in Dave and Angie Spridgeon of the Bourbon Affair in Findlay. The Renaissance of Tiffin opened later in 2017.
Their latest project is the building that house the Tiffin Glass Museum. They are completing the first of two phases in renovating seven upper level apartments.
The couple cited the collaboration in the community as a motivating factor in continuing these restoration projects. “It’s a team oriented project from start to finish,” Suzie said.
Suzie and Weston were both born and raised in Tiffin, left to pursue college and careers elsewhere, and are now living in Tiffin once again. “I love being back in Tiffin,” Weston said. “We’re enjoying the momentum and hope it continues.”
About the Partnership in Development Award
This award is presented to an individual, business, organization, or political entity that has provided support and means to promote economic development throughout Seneca County and have demonstrably, through their actions, furthered the mission of SIEDC.
Commercial buildings within the orange line are eligible.
Area, scope of state grant increased
TIFFIN, OHIO – March 1, 2018 – The downtown Community Development Block Grant-funded Façade Enhancement Program has been expanded to include more downtown buildings and apply to a wider variety of projects. The grant is federally funded and provides a 50% reimbursement of up to $15,000 for improvements to downtown buildings.
Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is excited about the impact the expansion could have. “With both the city and CDBG Façade Enhancement Grant programs we have seen a tremendous revitalization in the appearance of our downtown buildings,” he said. “This program expansion is another opportunity to contribute to the health and longevity of our downtown structures.”
The program guidelines have changed to allow for all commercial buildings within the area designated for the CDBG, as well as some of the area within the existing Architectural Board of Review district covered by the city’s Façade Enhancement Grant Program.
Eligible projects now include all building elevations and the roof along with any code improvements. This can include awnings, window/door repair/replacement, painting of already painted surfaces, tuck pointing, signage, second floor egress, roofing, repair or replacement of furnaces and HVAC units, electrical upgrades, plumbing improvements, handicapped accessibility, roof repair/replacement, foundation repair/replacement and structural improvements.
Since its inception in 2014, the City of Tiffin’s Façade Enhancement Program has been awarded to 58 projects, for a total investment of $1.7 million. Three projects have been completed using the CDBG Façade Enhancement Program since it was made available in spring of 2017, for a total investment of $103,000.
This grant will be available on a first come first serve basis, but all projects must be completed by August 31, 2018, when the grant expires. For more information, contact SIEDC Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart at 419.619.5517 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.
The Kroger store at 126 West High Street in Fostoria held a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting this morning to celebrate the completion of its $2.1 million remodel.
The renovations began in January and the project was completed in late June. Upgrades include new contemporary décor, an enhanced produce department with a fresh market concept and an expanded natural foods selection. The store also now features a sushi island and six self-checkout lanes.
“Along with its diverse product offerings, the Fostoria Kroger associates will continue their tradition of exemplary customer service, community involvement and commitment to providing the highest quality fresh food products,” Kroger Media Relations Manager Jennifer Jarrell said.
This is the first time the store has been remodeled since its opening in 2006.
The South Korea-based vinyl tile manufacturer Nox Corporation is locating its first US factory in Fostoria. Nox will be renovating the former Atlas Crankshaft building, and plans to create more than 150 within three years in Seneca County.
The company will invest millions in machinery, equipment and building renovations, including a $2 million, 16,820 square foot addition to the existing building. Nox will initially hire 50 new employees, with plans of hiring an additional 50 workers next year and a total of 150 in the next two to three years. The company is currently interviewing for 10 management and administrative position, and will begin the hiring process for 40 skilled production, quality control and maintenance jobs next month, with production slated to start in mid- to late fall. Wages will start at $12 per hour, with an increase to $16 after a year.
Nox Corp. manufactures vinyl tile for commercial customers to use in building flooring for applications like hospitals and large offices. The tile is sold in 50 different countries, but the Fostoria plant will primarily serve US customers. Nox looked into locating in Fostoria due to recommendations within the flooring industry. Rubber and vinyl flooring manufacturer Roppe has been headquartered in Fostoria for more than 50 years.
The 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 the 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.
Tiffin’s Saint Joseph Catholic Church, at the corner of South Washington and Melmore Streets, is investing $500,000 in new lighting and upgrading the wiring throughout the entire church, thanks to an anonymous donation and fundraisers. It has been 30 years since any work has been done inside the church.
Improvements include replacing the breaker panel, refurbishing the original light fixtures from the 1930s, adding additional lights to the fixtures, adding LED lighting and refurbishing the statues in the sanctuary. Clouse Electric is handling the wiring and Rambusch Lighting in New Jersey, creator of the original lighting fixtures, is refurbishing them.
Work began on May 11 and is expected to be completed around June 26, depending on how long it takes to get the fixtures updated. The goal is to be back in the church by the St. Joseph Festival, July 11 and 12. Until then, masses are being held in the activity center until the project is completed.
Tiffin couple to renovate 8,000 sq. ft. building, create high-end apartments
TIFFIN, OHIO – June 15, 2015 – Renovations have begun on the building at 140/142 South Washington Street in Tiffin. Built in the late 1800s by Tiffin’s first millionaire, Rezin Shawhan, the building is part of what was once the “Empire Block” on South Washington Street and is the current location of The Beanstalk & Company.
The Beanstalk is to remain in the commercial space on the first floor and three upstairs apartments will be renovated in two phases. Phase one includes restoring the flooring, reverting the plaster back to brick, painting, redoing the railing around the loft and updating the bathroom and kitchen in the 2,000 square foot loft apartment occupying two stories of the building. Phase two involves renovating the other two apartments.
The project may also qualify for a Façade Enhancement Grant for external work such as window restoration, trim painting and front door replacement.
“We love downtown Tiffin and think with all the positive development, it’s a great time to invest.” owner Weston Reinbolt said. Both Tiffin natives, Reinbolt and his wife Suzie Reineke moved back to Tiffin after living in Columbus and Findlay, and recently remodeled a previously foreclosed home in Findlay. “We are really looking forward to living in downtown Tiffin and to be part of its renaissance. It’s an exciting time,” Reineke added.
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.