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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2006, 05:57:06 PM »
From the 4/14/06 Toledo Blade:

In 8-2 vote, council approves living-wage waiver for Costco
By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK and TOM TROY
BLADE STAFF WRITERS


Praising wholesale giant Costco and at times blasting Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, a majority of Toledo City Council approved a waiver yesterday of the living-wage ordinance for a planned store at Westgate Village Shopping Center.  The vote was 8-2 at the hastily called special council meeting. Voting against the measure were Councilmen Taylor Balderas, who is an appointee of the mayor and seeking election to the District 3 seat in the May primary, and Michael Ashford, who said the ordinance needed to be followed even if there were only a few pennies per hour involved.

Ms. Balderas said Toledo’s problems extend beyond “economic development.”  “We want to have high job creation. I don’t want to send a message that we don’t want Costco, because I think that would be great,” she said.

At issue are the lowest wages for two positions.  For example, a service assistant after a full year of service would make $21,380 a year or $10.50 an hour.  The living wage, equal to 110 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four, is $10.57 an hour with benefits beginning after 60 days.  Costco’s benefits begin after 90 days.  The ordinance applies to Toledo companies with more than 49 employees.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060414/NEWS16/60414012/-1/RSS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2006, 05:35:40 PM »
From the 4/25/06 Toledo Blade:

Council chief urges override of Costco veto
Toledo has given too much, mayor argues

By TOM TROY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Toledo City Council and Mayor Carty Finkbeiner face off today over a waiver of the living wage for Costco and the Westgate Village Shopping Center, with the mayor waging a lonely battle in opposition.  Mr. Finkbeiner said yesterday that he vetoed council's April 13 waiver of the living wage for Costco because the city has given Costco too much.

Council President Rob Ludeman said he has urged his fellow council members to vote unanimously for the override when council meets today at 4 p.m.  No councilman publicly sided with the mayor yesterday, and the two who cast no votes April 13 said they didn't know how they would vote today.

The waiver had eight votes in support and needs only one additional for the veto to be overridden.  Yesterday, Councilman Phil Copeland, who was absent from the earlier vote, said he was leaning toward voting yes.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060425/NEWS16/604250440/-1/NEWS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2006, 05:54:36 PM »
From the 4/26/06 Toledo Blade:

WESTGATE SHOPPING CENTER
Council overrides mayor to clear the way for Costco

By TOM TROY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Toledo City Council yesterday gave the green light to a new Costco store at the Westgate Village Shopping Center, overriding Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's veto of a living-wage waiver.  The override means Costco doesn't have to comply with the city's minimum "living wage" of $10.57 an hour.

Council members have said Costco's wages and benefits are "substantially" within compliance or exceed the minimum.  Costco's starting salary for a full-time service assistant is $10.50 an hour, according to information provided yesterday.  A part-time service assistant starts at $10.25 an hour.

The waiver passed council 8-2 on April 13 but was vetoed late Sunday by Mr. Finkbeiner.  Yesterday's override vote was 11-0 - two more than the nine needed. Council members Michael Ashford and Taylor Balderas changed their votes from no to yes, and Councilman Phil Copeland added his yes vote after being absent April 13.  Councilman Bob McCloskey was absent April 13 and again yesterday.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060426/NEWS16/604260427/-1/RSS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2006, 05:03:01 PM »
From the 5/10/06 Toledo Blade:

Finkbeiner gets critical letter from Costco
Firm's chairman calls mayor's comments 'wrong' and 'unfair'

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Tired of negative public comments by Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, the chairman of Costco sent him a critical letter last week that said the mayor made inaccurate statements about the firm and did not understand the store's benefits to the community.

The wholesale giant is trying to open a store at a redeveloped Westgate Village Shopping Center.  The mayor, since taking office this year, has tried to change or block the deal because of concerns about location, design, wages, and tax incentives.

"Not only are suggestions that Costco is a greedy corporate citizen wrong and unfair, the truth is that Costco has acted as a facilitator of a redevelopment project that will be mutually beneficial for Costco and the citizens of Toledo," Costco Chairman Jeff Brotman wrote in the letter.  "Your statements implying that Costco will be reaping up to $10 million in benefits are wholly inaccurate."

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060510/NEWS16/605100395/-1/NEWS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2006, 06:13:01 PM »
Carty, you're my hero.

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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2006, 06:03:32 PM »
From the 5/25/06 Toledo Blade:


PHOTO: Demolition ( THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT )

WESTGATE REDEVELOPMENT BEGINS

The first major step in the $35 million redevelopment of Westgate Village Shopping Center, razing of the east end of the center, closest to Secor Road, is under way. Once demolition is complete, construction will start on a building on that site and on two buildings to parallel Secor. After that, the rest of the current West Toledo center will be leveled and a Costco Wholesale Corp. store will be built.

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060525/BUSINESS05/60525005/-1/RSS04

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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2006, 06:08:56 PM »
From the 6/2/06 Toledo Blade:

Westgate holds groundbreaking
By JON CHAVEZ
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER


Amid threatening skies and nearby demolition work, the owners of the Westgate Village Shopping Center yesterday had a ceremonial groundbreaking for a $35 million redevelopment project that is already under way.  Still, they admitted there’s a lot of behind the scenes work that must get done.

“There is no doubt Westgate needed to change with the times,” Elizabeth Holland, chief executive of Abbell Credit Corp. of Chicago, said minutes before turning a shovelful of dirt in the first phase of the project.  That phase is to have three new buildings and its first tenants by Jan. 1.

A somewhat surprising guest to the event was Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, who said he now supports the project, saying, “May it be the best ... Costco store in all of America when all is said and done.”

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060602/BUSINESS10/60602012/-1/BUSINESS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #38 on: October 06, 2006, 06:37:33 PM »
From the 10/3/06 Toledo Blade:

PHOTO: Natalie Vostelman and owner John DuVall pack for Honey I'm Home's move from Westgate to Westfield Franklin Park.  ( THE BLADE/MOLLY CORFMAN )

PHOTO: Vicky Johnson prepares for a move from Papaya Island.  ( THE BLADE/MOLLY CORFMAN )


Westgate merchants in midst of space race
By JON CHAVEZ
BLADE BUSINESS WRITER


John DuVall built his home decor business, Honey I'm Home, in the cozy confines of the Westgate Village Shopping Center in West Toledo.  But as a $35 million redevelopment of the 50-year-old retail complex moves forward, Mr. DuVall said it became clear to him that his business future lay elsewhere.

With the addition of a Costco store to Westgate, the center will become a destination for many grocery shoppers.  But Mr. DuVall said he believes most customers seeking leisure and lifestyle merchandise will head to Westfield Franklin Park, prompting his decision to sign on with a new strip center to be built nearby, on Sylvania Avenue at Talmadge Road.

Most of Westgate's retailers, however, have tried hard to stay in the Secor Road-Central Avenue vicinity.  Joe Belinske, a principal with Michael Realty Co. in Toledo, has helped relocate a half-dozen Westgate tenants.  "They all have told me, 'Keep us as close as you possibly can to Westgate,'" he said.  "But their choice of spaces was somewhat limited."

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061003/BUSINESS10/610030380/-1/BUSINESS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #39 on: December 12, 2006, 05:53:51 PM »
From the 11/21/06 Toledo Blade:

Most space in Westgate spoken for, owner says
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Most space in Westgate Village Shopping Center’s ongoing $35 million revitalization has been spoken for, and officials are hopeful that a gourmet grocer will occupy most of what remains to be filled, said the owner’s chief executive.  The redevelopment is to add Costco, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and other stores, and retain space for Westgate favorites such as Stein Mart and Rite Aid.

When the shopping center project is finished, owner Abbell Credit Corp. of Chicago plans to focus efforts north of Central Avenue as it works to revitalize that corridor, Liz Holland said yesterday during a visit to Toledo.  Abbell wants to develop a mix of retail, office, and residential space where it owns or leases parking spaces, an office building, two former restaurants, and ground near Sears and Elder-Beerman, Ms. Holland said during a Toledo Rotary meeting.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061121/BUSINESS03/61121015/-1/BUSINESS
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« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2007, 05:54:27 PM »
From the 1/17/07 Blade:

Westfield 'lifestyle center' approved
Council also reviews possible budget cuts


A proposed expansion of Westfield Franklin Park with a new freestanding "lifestyle center" on Sylvania Avenue received Toledo City Council approval yesterday.  Council members and city employee unions also began to weigh in on personnel cuts and tax increases being considered to stave off deficits in the city's operating budget.

Council approved an appeal from Westfield Franklin Park LLC to approve the site plan with a new entrance from Royer Road, which would permit traffic to enter from Sylvania and Monroe Street.  The vote was 11-0, with Councilman Betty Shultz absent.

Transportation Commissioner Michael White had urged council to reject the curb cut on Royer, saying the proposed left turn from Sylvania would be unsafe, and that Royer is inadequate for the amount of traffic expected.  He said shoppers should be expected to access the new retail center from the mall's existing traffic entrances.

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070117/NEWS16/701170383/-1/NEWS
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Re: Toledo: Westgate redevelopment
« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2012, 10:52:43 AM »
The Ohio Office of Redevelopment - Clean Ohio Assistance Fund (COAF) Projects section posted photos of asbestos abatement, demolition, and soil and groundwater remediation activities at the Westgate Village Shopping Center - which was developed in 1956.  Remediation of the property is complete and the site has been redeveloped as a shopping center.  The current end users include Rite Aid, Stein Mart, Starbucks, Chipotle, and Costco.

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« Reply #42 on: January 30, 2013, 10:09:31 AM »
Hotel-retail project may be near
Feb. groundbreaking possible for $25M complex on Secor Road

BY JON CHAVEZ, BLADE BUSINESS WRITER
Published: 1/22/2013


Developers of a hotel and retail project on Secor Road where a theater complex once stood say they could break ground on the $25 million plan as early as next month.  Joe Swolsky of RL West Properties, who is working with Steve Roumaya, a partner with Key Hotel and Property Management Inc., said the two men have applications pending with the Hilton chain and the Holiday Inn chain for affiliations for the hotels they are developing on the 13-acre property at 3500 Secor Road.

“Hilton told us we’d hear from them by the end of this month,” Mr. Swolsky said. If approval comes, as expected, the developers plan to break ground for a five-story, 123-room hotel room that will operate in the $100-a-night price range.  “We’re planning to have a groundbreaking in February or March on the first [hotel] and then breaking ground a year later on the second one,” Mr. Swolsky said.  The second hotel also is to be five stories with about 100 rooms, he added.

Mr. Swolsky provided details of the development project on Thursday to Toledo City Council members.  The developers are asking the city to extend Executive Parkway across Secor Road and along the development project’s southern border.

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