Excerpts from only a few old Southwyck-related posts:
February 2003 thread titled Southwyck mall area, a business disaster that pointed to a Toledo Blade editorial :
How many more businesses have to go belly up before everything within a half-mile radius of Southwyck Shopping Center is declared an entrepreneurial disaster zone? My No. 1 beef about Toledo -- there’s no sense of urgency, particularly among elected officials -- is best exemplified by Southwyck
State of the City speeches :
- Jack Ford - January 2003 : "We will reach a deal on the revitalization of Southwyck Mall."
- Jack Ford - February 2004 : "On Southwyck, John Loftus is working full time on the redevelopment of this South Toledo mall."
- Jack Ford - January 2005 : "And we continue to target Southwyck. We have appraised the property, and are pushing the owners to sell. Our goal is to bring developers in to transform this south Toledo facility."
- Carty Finkbeiner - February 2006 : "Projects like Westgate and Southwyck are cornerstones of their respective neighborhoods and their completion will sustain and improve the quality of life in West and South Toledo."
- Carty Finkbeiner - December 2006 : "We want to redevelop and reinvigorate, not only the Southwyck Mall in this $125 million project, but the entire Reynolds Road corridor."
July 2005 Toledo Blade - Deal reached to rejuvenate Southwyck - Perrysburg developer plans $100M open-air retail plaza
Developer Larry Dillin says he's taken a huge step toward getting work done at Southwyck mall. The mall officially closed at the end of June. Larry Dillin said he's finalizing a deal with mall owners that could get the building demolished by the end of the year.
Southwyck was demolished in 2009.
From Carty's 2005 mayoral campaign promises
4. Meet with the ownership of Southwyck Mall to forge a compact leading to a revitalized mall in 365 days.
November 2005 thread that pointed to a WTOL story titled Southwyck Plans Unveiled
After a long wait, it finally looks like the Southwyck Mall will get a new look. City leaders praised the owners, the plan, and Dillin's proposal. The project is called "The New Southwyck" and will cost $100-150 million. Construction could begin as soon as late 2006.
November 2011 thread that pointed to a WTOL story titled Mayor Bell announces potential plans for Southwyck Mall property
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and his administration say there's growing hope a deal for the former Southwyck Mall property could come together in the next few months. "There is a great deal of activity regarding the Southwyck site. Dare I say there's actually been some offers made to the owners", said Deputy Mayor Tom Crothers.
July 2009 comment
I guess patience is needed for some of these fancy projects.
Toledo's new arena will open this fall, 2009. Ideas about a new arena development with plans began to be offered in 1993.
Perrysburg's Levis Commons opened in the fall of 2004, and development continues on this multi-phased project. But Larry Dillin said talks about the Levis Commons project began in 1990.
The Rossford Bass Pro opened in the summer of 2008, but talks about this project between Bass Pro and Wood County began in 1992.
Switch over to the Marina District project, I think talks about this development began about 2000, so it's still early for that project.