Jefferson Street streetscaping project moving forward

Project to be completed by end of year

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 1, 2020 – The City of Tiffin has announced that it has selected a contractor and will begin work on streetscaping Jefferson Street between East Market and East Perry Streets including new curb and sidewalks, decorative stamped concrete between the sidewalk and curb, stamped concrete crosswalks, decorative light poles, signage, trees, and streetscaping furniture including but not limited to trash cans, bike racks, planters, hanging baskets.  The project also includes the resurfacing and striping of Jefferson Street and the resurfacing of the alley to the north of National Corner and the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and to the east of the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

The project was awarded to Smith Paving & Excavating from Norwalk and construction is to start in the fall. The expected completion date is Dec. 31, 2020.

State Rep. Bill Reineke and State Sen. Dave Burke helped secure $300,000 for the project in the previous State Capital Budget, which was then awarded by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The grant was awarded to support the Frost-Kalnow Amphitheater on the East Green and National Corner developments in downtown Tiffin. The City Engineer’s office designed and will manage the construction administration and inspection for this project. By doing so and not using consultants, the City of Tiffin was able to maximize the grant dollars for this project.

The Downtown Tiffin Design Committee provided input on the streetscaping items and helped to coordinate with the City Engineer’s Office.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commented, “I’m so proud to see that this project is moving forward. Thank you to City Engineer Matt Watson and his office for maximizing this grant funding and ultimately improving the look of Downtown Tiffin.”

Tiffin awarded $1.6M grant for streetscape project

City of Tiffin LogoMiami Street improvements slated for 2018

TIFFIN, OHIO – July 3, 2017 – The City of Tiffin has received funding for the reconstruction of Miami Street through the Ohio Department of Transportation Small Cities Program, up to $1,636,850, which covers 95% of the $1,723,000 streetscaping project.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is looking forward to beginning the project. “This is a long overdue project that will increase the safety of the road as well as beautify the area,” he said. “The City of Tiffin continues to apply for grants like the Small Cities Program to continue improving our infrastructure while easing the burden on taxpayers.”

The proposed work consists of road reconstruction, new curbs, sidewalks, and lighting, over an approximate length of 2000 feet on Miami Street, from Nelson Street to just east of Clay Street, where the previous project terminated.

This will be a cooperative project with Tiffin University, which will be paying a proportionate share of the local contribution, and covering the costs of non-grant covered items that are of an aesthetic nature, which primarily consist of decorative lighting and textured crosswalks.

“We are excited to partner with the city on this project,” Tiffin University President Lilian Schumacher said. “The continuation of the streetscape enhances our campus and improves walkability of the area for our students.”

Design is expected to conclude early in 2018, with contract award to take place by June of the same year. This schedule may be extended if problems are encountered in the design phase.

Tiffin awarded $450,000 in community development grants

Funds to be used to improve streetscape and expand façade program

cbdgTIFFIN, OHIO – September 6, 2016 – The City of Tiffin is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a total of $450,000 in allocation and competitive funding towards downtown revitalization. More than 69 communities across the state applied for the competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and Tiffin was one of 37 selected. A total of $11.6 million is being awarded this year statewide.

About half of the funds will be used to revitalize the streetscape on East Market Street between Jefferson Street and Rock Creek, connecting the historic downtown district with the new streetscape project between Heidelberg and Rock Creek, scheduled for 2018. The City of Tiffin was awarded $650,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation for that project on both Perry and Market Streets. The improvements will include new curbs and gutters, sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, and decorative trash receptacles. This project will complement the new East Commons greenspace park currently under development and fits with the new Downtown Development Plan finished this year.

The remainder of the grant funding will be used to launch an expanded Façade Enhancement Program reaching a larger area of downtown Tiffin not currently covered by the existing program. Building owners would be eligible to receive matching funds for half of exterior improvement costs, up to $15,000. Established in 2014, the original Façade Enhancement Program has been a huge success, resulting in almost $1.2 million in new investment among 38 projects. The program expansion is expected to launch yet this year.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is very pleased with the state’s award. “It is great to see the City’s investment in planning and downtown revitalization continuing to pay dividends. I feel this award is a recognition of City Council’s and this administration’s continued commitment to strategic investment in our downtown. I am very excited to see both an expansion of the façade program and the finishing of the East Market Street streetscape. The momentum continues.”


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