TOLEDO, Ohio, May 21, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, City of Toledo, Lucas County and other local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony earlier today for the construction of 1,500 foot new roadway and utilities at Overland Industrial Park, formerly known as the Jeep Site. The groundbreaking ceremony commemorated the next phase of redevelopment, which will prepare the site for vertical construction this summer. The new roadway, which is located off Central Avenue, will serve as the main entrance into the site until the Ohio Department of Transportation completes phase two of the I-75 interchange project. Construction on the roadway and utilities is expected to be completed by fourth quarter 2013.
“We’re very excited to be here today to begin the next phase of redevelopment at Overland Industrial Park,” said Paul Toth, President and CEO for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. “This new phase of redevelopment will be the first visible sign of infrastructure on the site. Over 100,000 people pass Overland each day and it’s important for our community to know that progress is being made. This entire project is an excellent example of how many organizations can come together to create new opportunities and jobs for the northwest Ohio region.”
“With the effort of community organizers to engage residents, brownfield clean up from the city and redevelopment of the site by the Port Authority, this neighborhood is on its way to establishing a new economic anchor around which it can be revitalized,” said Mayor Michael P. Bell. “Not only will Overland Industrial Park be a source of jobs, it will be a source of pride for the neighborhood and the city as the historic JEEP plant was before it.”
Overland Industrial Park is a multi-phase project planned to redevelop the former Jeep Site over the next few years. The master plan for the site features amenities such as improved interchange access from I-75 and industrial facilities with modern and energy efficient utilities. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority officially acquired the historic 111-acre former Jeep Property in 2010 for a purchase price of $95,000. The property is served by Class I rail, offers easy access to the interstate system, and is seen by as many as 125,000 passing motorists each day, making it attractive to many potential end users.
It is the mission of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority to continuously focus on job creation by leveraging 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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