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« Reply #140 on: July 12, 2009, 03:59:05 PM »
Toledo Council OKs Dillin riverfront land deal
Article published July 08, 2009
By IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Toledo City Council agreed last night to sell 58 acres on the East Toledo riverfront to developer Larry Dillin to pursue his vision for a new Marina District.

Council voted 9-2 in favor of a new development agreement with Dillin Riverfront Properties Inc., Mr. Dillin's business, which requires him to pay $3.6 million for the property and begin erecting buildings by Dec. 31, 2010, to prevent losing the property back to the city.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20090708/NEWS16/907080361
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« Reply #142 on: August 31, 2009, 05:25:36 AM »
Maritime museum eyes Toledo
Great Lakes Historical Society, Port are in talks to open site

Article published August 28, 2009
By NEENA SATIJA
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Toledo's downtown may be getting a world-class museum.  The Great Lakes Historical Society has met with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Seaport Committee to discuss moving its museum exhibits in Vermilion to the Toledo Maritime Center on Front Street in Toledo's Marina District.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20090828/NEWS16/908280310


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« Reply #143 on: December 07, 2009, 09:26:34 AM »
Marina District to get $2M stimulus; EPA grant to aid in shoreline work
Article published December 02, 2009
By IGNAZIO MESSINA
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The planned private and public development for a new Marina District in East Toledo will get an additional $2 million shot in the arm from the federal government, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner said yesterday.

The federal stimulus money, which is funneled through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will be used for shoreline improvements along the Maumee River for the once-heavily polluted property the city has attempted to redevelop for more than a decade.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20091202/NEWS16/912020333
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« Reply #144 on: January 11, 2010, 08:44:57 AM »
Article published December 23, 2009

Toledo City Council OKs try for marina grant
By IGNAZIO MESSINA
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Toledo City Council last night first killed the possibility of receiving a $2.25 million federal grant for the planned private and public Marina District development in East Toledo but then did an about-face and authorized the Finkbeiner administration to apply for the money.

Mayor Carty Finkbeiner on Dec. 1 announced that the project would get federal stimulus money funneled through the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for shoreline improvements along the Maumee River.  The city has attempted to redevelop the once heavily polluted property for more than a decade.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20091223/NEWS16/912230362
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« Reply #145 on: February 28, 2010, 06:00:23 AM »
Developer Larry Dillin vows to finish projects
He awaits marina funds, stability for Southwyck

Article published February 24, 2010
By JON CHAVEZ
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER


Developer Larry Dillin said Tuesday that he is still committed to completing the Toledo Marina District project, and the redevelopment of the former Southwyck Shopping Center.  But the man who built Levis Commons in Perrysburg said for work on the projects to proceed, he needs to secure a deal with private equity backers so he can buy property in the Marina District, and he needs “signs” that the economy is turning around.

The Marina District, proposed in 2000, is a plan to convert 125 acres on the waterfront north of Main Street in East Toledo into a $320 million mix of apartments, restaurants, and nightclubs along the river.  Mr. Dillin plans, once he has the money, to buy the land to build a parklike area where events can be held, add rental housing, and then fill in with retail.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100224/BUSINESS07/100229838
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« Reply #146 on: May 14, 2010, 05:46:19 AM »
Article published April 28, 2010

Toledo Council OKs year contract for marina

Toledo City Council yesterday voted to hire Brenner 75 Marine LLC for one year to manage the Skyway Marina on the city's east side and the boat docks along both sides of the Maumee River. 

The Bell administration originally asked council to approve a three-year contract with the company for $124,000 annually.  Council revised the contract to a single year during its regular meeting, which followed a 2 1/2-hour hearing on the request. The vote was 11-0.

The $6.3 million Skyway Marina, which is part of the city's planned Marina District in East Toledo, has 77 docks, fuel pumps, showers, and a convenience store.  The marina, formerly known as the Glass City Municipal Marina, opened in June, 2008.  It shares its quarters with a marine passenger terminal developed by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100428/NEWS16/4280354
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« Reply #147 on: May 19, 2010, 01:22:27 AM »
Article published May 18, 2010

Toledo Sports Arena acreage OK’d for redevelopment

The site of the former Toledo Sports Arena — one of the biggest components of the project known as the Marina District — has been given a green light for redevelopment, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100518/NEWS16/100519738
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« Reply #148 on: June 24, 2010, 06:02:01 AM »
 
IMMEDIATE     
Contact:
Carla Firestone, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Communications Director
Mobile: 419-260-9981 -- Office: 419-243-8251
Christopher Gillcrist - Great Lakes Historical Society - 216-956-9734.
 
Port Authority and Great Lakes Historical Society to create maritime museum on Toledo riverfront

 
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 24, 2010 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Great Lakes Historical Society entered into an agreement today to work collaboratively to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum to be located at the Toledo Maritime Center on the east side of the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio.

The venture relocates the Inland Seas Maritime Museum from its current location in Vermillion, Ohio to the Toledo Maritime Center. The agreement also includes partnering with the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship to create the largest maritime attraction on the Great Lakes, the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum. The Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship will be restored to her original namesake - the Col. James M. Schoonmaker - and relocated to the riverfront adjacent to the museum structure.

“As the first Port Authority in the State of Ohio, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has always been a maritime leader. This agreement allows us to further our goal of establishing the Port of Toledo as the capital of the Great Lakes – past, present and future,” says Paul Toth, President and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “We have found an excellent partner in the Great Lakes Historical Society and we look forward to fostering the perseveration of our local maritime history together.”

The Great Lakes Historical Society plans to begin development of the Toledo facility next spring and open for the inaugural season in the spring of 2012. The Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship is scheduled to travel to the Toledo Shipyard for restoration in October 2010. Upon restoration, the Boyer will be returned to her original location adjacent to International Park for the 2011 season in preparation for her centennial celebration which will be July 1, 2011. Upon completion of the 2011 season, the Boyer will be moved to the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum.
 
The Great Lakes Historical Society’s goal over the next decade is to expand the facility to accommodate research activities, to attract traveling exhibits and to broaden educational programming. The museum will also serve as an anchor point for future riverfront development as it is adjacent to Edison Park and the newly developed City of Toledo Marina Drive area. The Great Lakes Historical Society has also begun talks with the City of Toledo regarding the management of the Toledo Skyway Marina, located adjacent to the Toledo Maritime Center.
"Toledo's waterfront is a vital component of our quality of life and should play a greater role in economic development. Welcoming the Great Lakes Historical Society is one of many steps toward this goal and will help renew the energy on the riverfront,” said Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell. “The partnership is a great match for the facility and reflects our maritime history."

“This agreement is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by all of the involved parties. The final product, a National Great Lakes Maritime Museum for Toledo, Ohio, will be worth our collective blood, sweat and tears,” said Jim Karpinksi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Great Lakes Historical Society. “I am confident that in ten years we will look back on this moment with tremendous satisfaction.”
 
The Toledo Maritime Center, completed in November 2007, was funded by a Federal Ferry Boat Discretionary Grant, and was created to foster the development of cross-lake ferry service in this region. The museum will allow ferry boat passengers to witness Great Lakes history while waiting to board a vessel.

“Our focus has always been on the continued development of ferry service via this facility and adding this historic maritime attraction allows us to fully utilize the space while establishing it as a major destination via waterborne transportation,” says Paul LaMarre, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Manager of Maritime Affairs.
 
It is the mission of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to continuously leverage our strategic geographic position, resources and economic development proficiency to provide increased business opportunities—built upon and around our innovative transportation and logistics expertise—while promoting our community and region within the global marketplace. We will accomplish this through unmatched speed and efficiency of service, collaborative and strategic partnerships, community stewardship and the continued generation and execution of new ideas and innovations.
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« Reply #149 on: June 27, 2010, 09:08:39 AM »
Pact to bring maritime museum to city in 2012
Article published June 25, 2010
By DAVID PATCH
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The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the Great Lakes Historical Society have signed off on an agreement that will bring the society's museum - now in Vermilion, Ohio - to the Toledo Maritime Center, where the S.S. Willis B. Boyer museum ship also will be relocated.

During a news conference yesterday at the center in the Marina District near Front Street in East Toledo, port and historical society officials said the planned National Great Lakes Museum will open in 2012 with new exhibits from the society's artifacts, while the Boyer will be cosmetically restored this fall and winter and rechristened next summer with its original name, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100625/NEWS16/6250319
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« Reply #150 on: July 25, 2010, 03:46:57 AM »
Urban planting posed for Marina District
Article published July 23, 2010
By IGNAZIO MESSINA
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Rocks and weeds cover the sloped landscape in East Toledo where, for more than a decade, city of Toledo officials have promised a sprawling development with condominiums and restaurants.  Two Toledo councilmen want to see that land used for an urban planting program while the development plans remain stalled from the sour economy and tight commercial lending market.

Councilman Joe McNamara and Councilman Mike Craig, whose district includes East Toledo, urged Mayor Mike Bell Thursday to issue a request for an entity to develop an urban agriculture program somewhere on the 128-acre site.

The Marina District, proposed in 2000, is a plan to convert heavily polluted land on the waterfront north of Main Street in East Toledo into a $320 million mix of apartments, restaurants, and nightclubs along the river.

Full article: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100723/NEWS16/7220383/0/rss10
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« Reply #151 on: September 02, 2010, 03:38:08 AM »
I'm mad they're moving the Boyer (that will ruin my favorite skyline view), but I'm happy about the new paint scheme which is much closer to how she was meant to look. It will be the prettiest freighter on the lakes again. You win some, you lose some.

Although it's probably a pipe dream due to Toledo's crushing economic failure, I'd still like to see the Marina District completed. Perhaps the new maritime museum will give it the much-needed kick in the ass? Or perhaps I'm drinking too much again...
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« Reply #152 on: February 09, 2011, 07:09:31 AM »
Obviously the Dillin project is dead in the water (probably one of Ohio's biggest victims of the recession), but Toledo has managed to attract a lot of attention in China. Mayor Bell went there last summer and wooed some pretty big investors. The city is now working to sell land to overseas investors that it couldn't sell to locals. The two properties that are creating all the buzz are the Docks and Marina District.

Article published February 08, 2011
Toledo council OK's Docks sale; Marina District sale memo signed by Mayor Bell
By IGNAZIO MESSINA
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Toledo City Council voted 10-2 Tuesday afternoon to authorize the Bell administration to sell the The Docks restaurant complex to two Chinese investors. Councilmen D. Michael Collins and Lindsay Webb cast the no votes.

Under the deal, the complex would be sold for $2.15 million to the Dashing Pacific Group. The two Chinese investors interested in buying East Toledo's riverfront restaurant complex want the city to know that deal is just the beginning of their multimillion-dollar development plan. The pair of investors, who have been identified as Wu Kin Hung and Yuan Xiaohona, forwarded a memorandum of understanding Monday night to Toledo Mayor Mike Bell pledging their intent to buy and develop part of the once-polluted Marina District in East Toledo into a mix of hotels, restaurants, and condominiums.

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http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20110208/NEWS16/102080315
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« Reply #153 on: April 10, 2011, 03:45:45 AM »
City to sell most of Marina District
Chinese partners will pay $3.8M

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 4/9/2011


After a dozen years, three different mayors, and $43 million from taxpayers for cleanup and infrastructure costs, the city of Toledo has a tentative deal to sell more than half of the Marina District development along the east side of the Maumee River, just north of downtown.

Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., the Chinese investor-owned firm that has purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex, has agreed to pay $3.8 million for nearly 69 acres of the once-polluted property in East Toledo.

The company plans to build a mix of residential and commercial buildings, inside an "international village," the value of which could eventually top $200 million, Toledo's Deputy Mayor of Operations Steve Herwat said.
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Dashing Pacific Group, in the agreement, will give the city "a conditional repurchase option" five years after the sale if the property has not been developed.  The agreement also gives the group an option to buy the decommissioned Toledo Edison Acme power plant, which lies north of the 69 acres being sold.

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« Reply #154 on: April 13, 2011, 03:13:29 AM »
Marina District proposals swirled for a dozen years
City eager for action on east-side site

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 4/10/2011


In China, development happens fast.  A popular Internet video shows workers in Changsha, Hunan province, building a 15-story hotel in just six days.

In Toledo — more than 12 years of planning, promises, and $43 million of public money spent — the east side property called the Marina District is apparently close to getting its first private development.  "We look forward to the day when vertical growth occurs," Toledo Deputy Mayor of Operations Steve Herwat said.

Toledo has lined up new developers — apparently with a $3.8 million check in hand — who want to buy and build up the once polluted former industrial land along the Maumee River in East Toledo.  After more than a dozen years of planning and several let-downs, most people are eager for some private development at the 125-acre site.

But exactly what will be built there by Chinese investor-owned Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., if City Council approves the sale, is still unknown.

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« Reply #155 on: April 17, 2011, 09:31:55 AM »
Hello everyone. Im new to UrbanOhio so im probably going to post comments on a bunch of old topics but whateva.
This is basically how I feel about the Marina District...

This huge stretch of land is really valuable property. Im really excited about all the possibilities for development here, however I dislike all the plans ive seen so far. I remember at one point someone suggested basically making a commericial development of big-box style retail. I dont know how many "urbanists" there are on this website yet, but I think this idea is an obvious NO to anyone with any common-sense when it comes to planning.

 Then there was Larry Dillins plan. I didnt think this plan was that bad but I wasnt all about it either.  It basically came across to me like a artificial urban-esque development. Dont get me wrong, it wasnt bad, but it basically just reminded me of a typical lifestyle center mall with residential. The design was decent though. I was happy that Dillin had it in mind that the Marina District should mesh with the rest of the adjacent neighborhood. Thats the right thinking. Ive only seen a few renderings but it looked like he had park-like areas extending across the street towards Waite High School.  That would do well to fuse the areas together.

The latest talk, of the Chinese developers, Dashing Pacific Groups plan......I think is completely stupid.  Im not opposed to foreign developers taking over the project, although I do think its preferable to give that business to local developers. I can get over that.  I just absolutely hate their plans.  Their plans dont even look as cohesive as a normal Lifestyle Center developers.  The worst part is the architecture and theme.  The whole international village idea is just dumb, im sorry.  In the renderings I saw, it all looked like a mix of more modern asian architecture, as well as the traditional looking pagoda style roofs and latterns and what not.  I think thats utterly ridiculous.  Nothing about that fits in with Toledo.  It reminds me more of Epcot Center at Disney World, than something befitting a Midwestern American city.  I love the idea of ethnic neighborhoods, but only when they occur organically, and exists in buildings that still make sense aesthetically to the city and region.  These plans make this place look too touristy in its retail business sections, and the rendering I saw of apartments was atrociously clean and modern looking and the layout wasnt sensible.  I just feel like these developers dont have any understanding of whats better for Toledo as a whole.  Theyre business people, and obviously money is the bottom line but it doesnt help that theyre from the other side of the world.  This development doesnt effect them on any personal level whatsoever. They never have to be remotely near it, let alone utilize it. 

I just hate how most ideas thrown out there make the Marina District, an isolated, rather exclusive seeming development.  It would be a safe, exclusive, enclave of shopping, dining, and entertainment........that the residents of the actual East Side would have little use for.  Not that the Marina District needs to be everything East Siders will use.......but I have a feeling that in its current state of plans...........it would mostly just wind up being another type of Fallen Timbers or Levis Commons.  A place where people from Perrysburg, Sylvania, Maumee, Monclova Twp, etc,  come to get dinner, maybe some starbucks or cold stone, and basically feel like theyre enjoying an awesome "night out on the town".....a great urban experience.  :roll:  The kinds of people who are populating the actual Downtown area of Toledo are mostly young professionals, college kids, artists, hipster types, and maybe even some empty nesters looking to downsize and live an urban lifestyle.  Most of these demographics arent going to be interested in living over on the other side of the river, where the only things to do are in this new development.  Theyre most attracted to the character and vibe of the apartments and lofts and condos they can find Downtown.  Its just not smart planning. Its not ideally what people would want down here.

If I were planning this development, I would have all the streets essentially just be extentions of the streets across Front St. The development would mostly just be standard square or rectangular blocks.  This would help make it feel more seamless of a transition across Front St, making this new Marina District a true neighborhood of East Toledo. I would make it the most dense near the intersection of Main St and Front St.  I think it should be a point to make the areas where you plan on having the most visitors and pedestrians walking around, near Main St, so that some of these people stroll up Main St, into the existing Central Business District of East Toledo.  This would help support development and revitalization on Main St, and support a thriving "Downtown East Toledo" so to speak.

The problem is when theres empty space in any city around here, it seems like people have this gut instinct telling them GET RID OF IT IMMEDIATELY.  SELL TO ANYONE.  Thats the wrong mentality though. People feel like, well "some developments better than no development"  I feel thats absolutely incorrect.  If you have a valuable property right in the center of the city, you dont just fork it over to the first person who can afford it and has some kind of plan for it.  You save it for the RIGHT plan.  Whats the right plan then?  I think the city of Toledo should consult the citizens of the city, as well as real urban planners who are experienced in smart growth, and come up with a plan that represents TOLEDO, for Toledo.

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« Reply #156 on: April 19, 2011, 02:15:13 AM »
About that sale of Marina District property to the Chinese . . . nevermind:

Chinese 'reassessing' purchase of Marina
Mayor puts blame on city council

BY TOM TROY, BLADE POLITICS WRITER
Published: 4/16/2011


Toledo Mayor Mike Bell on Friday said that Chinese investors have withdrawn their offer to buy the Marina District, a reversal that the mayor blamed on Toledo City Council and which he said raised questions about Toledoans’ understanding of the global marketplace.

The mayor said he still hopes to work out a sale deal and save the promised $200 million commercial and residential development, but he said the investors are “reassessing” whether they want to go forward with the deal to purchase a 69-acre portion of the Marina District in East Toledo for $3.8 million.

“In layman terms, what that means is that we don’t have a deal now,” Mr. Bell said at a news conference on Friday.  “In order for us to move forward as a city, we have to realize that we are competing globally.”  He blamed the most recent decision on restrictions Toledo City Council wanted to impose on the sale during a contentious hearing Tuesday.

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« Reply #157 on: April 20, 2011, 05:41:08 AM »
In the renderings I saw, it all looked like a mix of more modern asian architecture, as well as the traditional looking pagoda style roofs and latterns and what not.  I think thats utterly ridiculous.  Nothing about that fits in with Toledo.

Agreed. The architecture is completely out of place in Toledo, or anywhere in the Midwest for that matter. It sounds like this project is going down anyway, so back to the drawing board. Dillin by far had the best proposal after his revisions (denser, more integrated into the Garfield neighborhood, better architecture, better water access, etc.). Hopefully we get something great at this site.

Then there was Larry Dillins plan. I didnt think this plan was that bad but I wasnt all about it either.  It basically came across to me like a artificial urban-esque development. Dont get me wrong, it wasnt bad, but it basically just reminded me of a typical lifestyle center mall with residential. The design was decent though. I was happy that Dillin had it in mind that the Marina District should mesh with the rest of the adjacent neighborhood. Thats the right thinking. Ive only seen a few renderings but it looked like he had park-like areas extending across the street towards Waite High School.  That would do well to fuse the areas together.

Dillin ended up revising his plans right before the crash. His original proposal was weak (too suburban), but his revision was outstanding. It would have been the best urban infill in the state.
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« Reply #158 on: May 31, 2011, 11:45:43 AM »
Looks like the Marina District property sale to the Chinese deal is back from the dead...


Chinese investors renew interest in purchasing Marina District
BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 5/26/2011
 

HANGZHOU, China — Mayor Mike Bell wrapped up his nine-day trip to China announcing here on Thursday that the deal to sell property in the east side Marina District is back on and the interested Chinese investors want an option to purchase even more land on the waterfront site.

Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., which has already purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex for $2.15 million, put its $3.8 million offer to buy the southern 69 acres at the Marina District in East Toledo back on the table for approval by Toledo City Council.  Additionally, Dashing Pacific Chairman Yuan Xiaohong, in a letter signed in Hangzhou, said the firm wants a two-year option to buy the decommissioned Toledo Edison power plant property on the site.

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/05/26/Chinese-investors-renew-interest-in-purchasing-Marina-District.html
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« Reply #159 on: May 31, 2011, 11:46:46 AM »
City Council unanimously approves Marina District sale
BY TOM TROY, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 5/31/2011


Toledo City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of a 69-acre parcel of land in the Marina District to Dashing Pacific Group Ltd.

City Council, in its afternoon meeting, voted 12-0 to sell the land to the Chinese investment group.

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/05/31/City-Council-unanimously-approves-Marina-District-sale.html
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« Reply #160 on: June 01, 2011, 01:43:16 AM »
Lengthier follow-up article from the Blade about the sale...

Toledo council OKs sale of Marina to Chinese
Dashing Pacific to pay $3.8M for 69-acre site

BY TOM TROY, BLADE POLITICS WRITER
Published: 6/1/2011


Following a meeting in which some concerns about the use of union labor were allayed, Toledo City Council Tuesday unanimously approved the sale of a 69-acre portion of the Marina District in East Toledo to Chinese investment firm Dashing Pacific Group Ltd. for $3.8 million.

Mayor Mike Bell, who had traveled to China partly to woo the two investors after they appeared to back out of the deal, expressed appreciation for council's vote.  He said construction activity could start in three to six months.  "I am extremely appreciative of council and the vote they gave today," Mr. Bell said following the 12-0 decision.  "We are trying to change Toledo and it is very good from the standpoint of mayor to have the unanimous support of council to be able to move forward with this project, because I believe it will change the destiny of Toledo."

During a morning meeting of council's economic development committee, Bill Rudolph, chairman of Rudolph/Libbe Cos., said he has an agreement on a letter of intent with Wu King Hung and Yuan Xiaohong, the two members of Dashing Pacific, to be the construction manager of the $200 million to $300 million project Dashing Pacific has planned. 

Mr. Rudolph said he is not aware of any other construction general contractors in Ohio that use more union labor than Rudolph/Libbe.  He stopped short of saying only union workers would be employed on the job, but said the project would be handled like other Rudolph/Libbe projects in which union skilled trades workers are employed.

READ MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/06/01/Toledo-council-OKs-sale-of-Marina-to-Chinese.html
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« Reply #161 on: June 07, 2011, 07:41:39 AM »
This is excellent news. I also think once this project gets deeper in the planning phase, we will see some revisions to make it fit in better with its surroundings. And perhaps the best thing is that they're planning to save the Acme!
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« Reply #162 on: December 15, 2011, 03:21:58 AM »
Great Lakes museum plan is poised for Toledo launch
BY ERICA BLAKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 12/9/2011


A dream announced in 2010 to create the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum on the banks of the Maumee River is closer to happening thanks to more than $6 million awarded to the project from the state. 

The Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission has approved $6,075,000 for the project.  The money will be used by the city of Toledo and the Great Lakes Historical Society, which has its headquarters in Vermilion, to develop the Marina District site.  "We still have to raise money, and we're in that process, but the big hurdle has been climbed," said historical society executive director Chris Gillcrist.

The Great Lakes Maritime Museum contracted with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to move from Vermilion to the port-owned Toledo Maritime Center, off Front Street in the Marina District.  The total project is expected to cost about $8.5 million.

Included in the East Toledo development will be a maritime park with outdoor exhibits and the interior renovation of the existing Skyway Marina building to house exhibits for the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum.  The freighter, the SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker, formerly the SS Willis B. Boyer, will be its showcase exhibit.  Originally set to open next year, the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum's debut was pushed back to May, 2013.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2011/12/09/Great-Lakes-museum-plan-is-poised-for-Toledo-launch.html
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« Reply #163 on: February 11, 2012, 02:59:16 AM »
Toledo's cleanup of Acme power plant approved
State EPA OKs site for commercial use

BY DAVID PATCH, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 2/3/2012


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has approved the city of Toledo's cleanup of the former Toledo Edison Acme Generating Station site in East Toledo by issuing a "covenant not to sue." 

The covenant means that, as long as the former power plant site is redeveloped and maintained in accordance with certain restrictions, the city and any future property owners are not legally responsible to the state of Ohio for any additional environmental investigation or remediation.  According to an OEPA statement, the 3.84-acre Acme site at 1522 Front St. is now suitable for commercial or industrial redevelopment following the removals of soil contaminated with arsenic and benzopyrene at two locations and, from the former power plant, materials containing asbestos.
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The decommissioned power plant was the last part of the Marina District site to be cleared of environmental pollution.  Part of the structure was torn down for its cleanup, while much of its outer brick shell is proposed to be reused in the new development.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/02/03/Toledo-s-cleanup-of-Acme-power-plant-approved.html
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« Reply #164 on: February 20, 2012, 12:56:26 AM »
More reports about the Great Lakes Maritime Museum proposal to move from Vermilion into the port authority owned Toledo Maritime Center in the Marina District:

ABC 13 NEWS: Proposal brings Maritime Museum to Toledo

WTOL 11 NEWS: Council to vote on Maritime Museum project Tuesday

TOLEDO BLADE: Great Lakes group asks Toledo for funds
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« Reply #165 on: April 08, 2012, 01:14:00 PM »
Well this is certainly disappointing news.  Especially since the City of Toledo acted like the Acme Power Plant would be reused as part of the Marina District redevelopment up until this announcement.



Acme plant to be demolished
City solicits 5 bids for work at abandoned ex-Edison site

BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 4/5/2012


What some see as a giant red-bricked eyesore in East Toledo's Marina District soon could be only a memory.  City of Toledo officials said Thursday they are moving forward with plans to demolish the abandoned Toledo Edison Acme power plant, which sits alongside the Maumee River on the former industrial site.

Tim Murphy, environmental services commissioner, said the city has solicited bids from five contractors to tear down the plant, located on 3.84 acres at 1522 Front St., and will start reviewing them next Tuesday.  If any of the firms can meet the city's price limit — $35,000 for the job — demolition could start within two to three weeks, the commissioner said.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/05/City-to-raze-Toledo-Acme-plant.html
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« Reply #166 on: April 21, 2012, 03:51:54 AM »
More about the city's demolition of the Acme Power Plant at the Marina District.

City of Toledo to demolish 2 buildings
Razing of east side plant, north end mall to start in May

BY CLAUDIA BOYD-BARRETT, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 4/19/2012


Demolition of two giant Toledo eyesores on separate sides of the city is expected to begin next month, a Toledo official said Wednesday.

The abandoned Toledo Edison Acme power plant in East Toledo's Marina District and the former North Towne Square mall on the city's north side are slated for demolition starting mid-May, brownfield redevelopment officer Joel Mazur said.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2012/04/19/City-of-Toledo-to-demolish-2-buildings.html
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« Reply #167 on: April 21, 2012, 04:44:07 AM »
With the Acme plant going down, I am hopeful plans to rehab the old steam power plant downtown (behind Key Bank) will move forward.

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« Reply #168 on: September 09, 2012, 06:33:55 PM »
It's absolutely terrible the Acme Plant is being torn down. It was a landmark with a ton of potential. First Libbey High School (and all the other historic school buildings), now this...very depressing what's happening to Toledo.

Though I guess the city is tearing down in suburban annex areas with equal fervor. Just as many modern school buildings have been leveled and now this is two malls gone. For a while in the late 90's to mid-2000's, it seemed like Toledo was doing everything it could to save the urban core while letting the suburban annex areas rot. Now everything is rotting.
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« Reply #169 on: October 26, 2012, 06:24:25 AM »
Couple of updates from Toledo News Now (aka WTOL-TV).  Both are related to the future National Museum of the Great Lakes going into the Marina District. 

Groundbreaking for the Museum took place last month.  Moving of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship to its new Marina District location is scheduled to take place tomorrow.  Videos for both updates at the links below:

ToledoNewsNow: Toledo officials break ground on Great Lakes museum

ToledoNewsNow: Preparation underway to move Schoonmaker Saturday
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« Reply #170 on: October 31, 2012, 04:44:51 PM »
The Schoonmaker has been moved to the Marina District. I'm sure Toledo will miss its old location and the great views it afforded, but hopefully the new berth offers some nice ones too. The Blade got some great shots of the move!

http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2012/10/27/800x600_b1cCM/S-S-Schoonmaker-MLK-bridge.jpg
http://www.toledoblade.com/image/2012/10/27/800x600_b1cCM/S-S-Schoonmaker-skyline.jpg

Toledo should get another classic freighter to put at the old berth! Sadly it's too late for the MV Maumee, but maybe one of the other endangered ones can be saved. The more classic freighters saved, the better. They make great tourist attractions and ships this beautiful will never be built again.

*Any updates on the Marina District? Do any local people have photos of the new ship location?
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« Reply #171 on: January 24, 2014, 02:40:46 PM »
Catching up on a couple of older reports about the Marina District.  This one is from last summer on the two year anniversary of the property's sale from the city to a Chinese investment firm:

Neighbors seek answers on Marina District future
2 years have passed since sale to Chinese
BY IGNAZIO MESSINA, BLADE STAFF WRITER
Published: 7/8/2013


More than a dozen years and $43 million from taxpayers for cleanup and infrastructure costs had gone into the Marina District when Mayor Mike Bell announced in April, 2011, that the city had a deal to sell much of the land.
 
Dashing Pacific Group Ltd., a Chinese investor-owned firm that had already purchased the nearby Docks restaurant complex, paid $3.8 million for nearly 69 acres of the once-polluted property.
 
Friday marked that sale’s two-year anniversary, and while Mr. Bell and others close to the investors are certain the property will one day become a vibrant development, others are less confident.

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/Real-Estate/2013/07/08/Neighbors-seek-answers-on-Marina-District-future.html
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« Reply #172 on: January 24, 2014, 02:41:26 PM »
This report is from November after Mayor Bell was defeated in his re-election bid by D. Michael Collins.  The Mayor-Elect pledged to meet with the Marina District property owners to jump-start the project:

13 ABC: Toledo Mayor-Elect to tackle Marina project
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« Reply #173 on: January 24, 2014, 02:42:27 PM »
And this is from this week.  Mayor Collins had a meeting with local representatives of Dashing Pacific, the Marina District property owners:

13 ABC: Collins meets with Marina District Reps
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« Reply #174 on: January 30, 2014, 04:17:35 PM »
Any updates on the Marina District or is it dead in the water again?

Damn that is prime property with a perfect location. SO much could be done there...there just aren't opportunities like this is in many other coastal cities. You've got a ship terminal, marina, close proximity to Downtown, and close proximity to East Toledo's Main Street commercial district (big opportunity to fill those beautiful vacant buildings as spinoff). Other than the misguided demolition of the monstrous Acme Power Plant (at least they left the massive smokestacks as landmarks), the potential is huge to change Toledo's negative ghetto image. This could kickstart the renewed East Toledo I always dreamed of as a kid...

Toledo/Lucas County was smart to move its municipal arena downtown (it turned out to be a top notch project), and now there is all this prime waterfront property just sitting there growing weeds like a Texas prairie...
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