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Southwyck purchase

Please tell me they already have a end user lined up. Gotta be The Anderson's, right?

created by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 21, 2014 at 10:56:13 am     Comments: 19

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I have heard from 3 friends about this deal. Hardly inside information. But, two of them work at the distribution center and the other one works for a title company. All 3 have heard that Andersons is in fact the potential end user.

posted by Xbuckeyex on Jul 21, 2014 at 11:44:53 am     #   1 person liked this

Everything I've read seems to stress that this purchase only goes through as long as the end user agrees to move forward. Not sure about the Andersons thing, since the location doesn't make much sense with so much land available in Maumee still. Though if they were going into Toledo it probably remains close enough for their employees to not have to extend their commute much. We'll have to see. Would much rather see a new outside company come in, instead of feeding off those already based in the area.

http://www.toledofreepress.com/2014/07/20/city-announces-plans-to-buy-southwyck-site/

posted by JustaSooner on Jul 21, 2014 at 01:38:46 pm     #  

At this point, any development is welcome. It's been sad to watch the death of this area. I would even welcome it as a green space. The vacant lot is an eyesore and it's own source of blight that is dragging the area down.

posted by OhioKimono on Jul 21, 2014 at 03:30:29 pm     #   2 people liked this

Ditto with Northtowne.

posted by MIJeff on Jul 21, 2014 at 04:07:30 pm     #   1 person liked this

As a former south toledo resident for a good chunk of my early years, I really wish that area the best. I know Collins is working really hard to turn the Southwyck area around and this is a pretty amazing step forward.

posted by upso on Jul 21, 2014 at 04:19:11 pm     #   3 people liked this

The buildings that sit on Southwyck Blvd are crap. Some are abandoned, others barely standing. There are two buildings that have grass and weeds 5 feet or higher. It has to be a priority for the City to deal with those properties as well or no one will buy into a project there.

posted by Molsonator on Jul 21, 2014 at 05:01:13 pm     #  

OhioKimono posted at 03:30:29 PM on Jul 21, 2014:

At this point, any development is welcome. It's been sad to watch the death of this area. I would even welcome it as a green space. The vacant lot is an eyesore and it's own source of blight that is dragging the area down.

It is definitely puzzling how tough development has been for that area. They really need to go through and just remove all of the old abandoned structures and replace it with green space at this point. Is anything in the old Holiday Inn that was across from the Ramada?

Andersons going to Southwyck would definitely be a big win for that area, but I wonder what else could really work there. I know the city here chased an outlet mall from Horizon Growth Prop and its done extremely well. The main reason for it was to draw in sales tax dollars from outside the area that it normally wouldn't get. I guess my question on that would be how are county sales taxes distributed there since down here they are done on a city level. The nearest outlet mall I could find for that area is the one in Indiana along I-69 but it is fairly small. I know the one in Monroe went bust many years ago, but some stores might still be functioning there.

Not saying it is a savor or the right move, but it might be an option to put in that area to help spur additional redevelopment. You'll get to clear a ton of the area out from old blighted buildings and put it in a location that is pretty good being right off the turnpike.

posted by JustaSooner on Jul 21, 2014 at 05:04:24 pm     #  

I would be really surprised in Anderson's leaves Maumee. Maybe they are floating rumors of a move to Southwyck to leverage a better deal out of Maumee with tax abatements, etc. What about the area south of Levi's Commons?

I do agree with the post about the buildings around Southwyck. For all of the talk about blight, not much seems to be being down about the buildings (for example on the corner of Southwyck and Cheyenne) where the grass is 3 feet high

posted by Dappling2 on Jul 21, 2014 at 05:42:32 pm     #  

ya know what would look cool there? a monument to the greatest mayor Toledo ever had...wait, that should go out by the airport.

posted by justareviewer on Jul 21, 2014 at 09:15:14 pm     #  

Wasn't that old Holiday Inn turned into a retirement community? I thought I remembered reading that somewhere. Ah yes, here's a link from nearly a year ago. No idea what's happened in the past year, however. When I go into Maumee via surface streets, I almost always come in via Heatherdowns to Cass.

posted by valbee on Jul 22, 2014 at 08:02:10 am     #  

Based upon the streets, services, city council, etc. I would be stunned if Anderson's moved to toledo. If anything, they will move to Perrysburg.

posted by Dappling2 on Jul 22, 2014 at 01:36:59 pm     #  

I will be shocked if Anderson's ends up in Toledo. Maumee (Inc Monclova twsp) or Perrysburg have to be the fav's.

posted by Hoops on Jul 22, 2014 at 01:59:23 pm     #  

Agreed. I am sure thAt Maumee will be offering quite a few tax incentives to keep them.

posted by Dappling2 on Jul 22, 2014 at 05:37:41 pm     #  

Doubt that Anderson's would feign interest in the Southwyck site as a bargaining manuever if they didn't have a real interest in moving there. Doesn't seem like their style.

posted by MariaL on Jul 22, 2014 at 08:40:58 pm     #  

My first real job was working at Southwyck Mall (1 year after it opened). Reynolds Road was hopping back then. Was there any better pizza or Italian buffet then Dominic's?

When I drive the length of Reynolds Road now, it makes me sad. At least they're getting rid of the Clarion eyesore.

posted by Unclesam on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:37:12 am     #  

Ahhhh, Dominic's. Best after wait shift restaurant ever. Bloody Mary anti pasta with all the trimmings.

posted by ahmahler on Jul 24, 2014 at 01:57:22 am     #  

Definitely NOT The Anderson's. It will take a lot to get SW redeveloped. There are so many vacant buildings all around the metro area that can be repurposed for the fraction of the cost of building new. The Anderson's are a Maumee company. I would be shocked if they moved out of Maumee while there is still an Anderson in the CEO role.

posted by LoveToledo on Aug 01, 2014 at 06:31:00 pm     #  

I agree 100%. I am sure that the mayor of Maumee and other powers to be in Maumee are sweetening the pot to keep Anderson's there.

posted by Dappling2 on Aug 01, 2014 at 08:54:27 pm     #  

Anyone notice the new, freshly painted Anderson's logo painted on the huge port authority's silos visible from the i-75 Maumee river bridge? They may be a Maumee company, but they are definitely a major presence in Toledo.

posted by upso on Aug 01, 2014 at 11:22:41 pm     #