justread posted at 05:24:54 PM on Jan 19, 2014:
Some years ago, the St. Vincent Medical Center Foundation was in Fort Industry Square, if I recall correctly.
Does Clear Channel still have a space there?
I also remember the odd Scottish restaurant.
Last I knew, the WIOT/WCWA studios were still in there. CC moved all the offices over to South Superior, but the studios stayed in Fort Industry Square. Over time, while I was there, certain people, the ones lucky enough to be able to get away with it, snuck their offices back over to Fort Industry, not only because the building was nicer but also to escape the OFFICE-SPACE atmosphere over at the main building (Andy Stuart was as close to a real-life Bill Lumbergh as you could ever hope to meet). Bob Martz, Jim Felton, and Tom Staudt did this; and Denny Schaffer had a really nice studio suite, at one time, in what used to be the General Manager's office.
There was always talk of moving those two stations over to Superior, but it didn't happen while I was there. Thank God. Incidentally, WCWA must have had the best view out their studio windows of any radio station in Toledo: overlooking the river. Great for sunrises, watching ships go by, and fireworks.
That building, by the way, was supposedly partially built with timbers from the original Fort Industry. Or, so I was told. Apparently it is quite haunted. Grizzly Brown at WIOT was convinced a civil war soldier's ghost was wandering the halls at night; once or twice I caught Griz himself walking up and down the halls trying to "make contact with Johnny Reb." His words. They also had a hard time keeping security guards, because evidently they would see creepy things while doing night rounds. After hearing all this, I'd walk in and out at late hours as quickly as I could.
The best part of the building was the northern elevator lobby. The Water street level was nicely restored, and on the Summit street level, the elevator was exposed. It was pretty cool.
Whether or not any of that Clear Channel stuff is still up there, I am not sure...maybe oldhometown knows?