Sunday, December 21, 2008
The state of Ohio has approved a $3 million grant from the Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund, which will go towards asbestos removal. Asbestos was used for fireproofing during the building's construction in the 1960's and is seen as the biggest obstacle in transforming the tower from an uninhabitable building to a building that no one is likely to habitate.
I write my own jokes, but in all seriousness, it's a big step in saving 1/3 of the Toledo skyline. Eyde Co of East Lansing, the buildings current owners, obviously find a skyscraper more valuable than a parking lot and are looking at possible $35 million renovation. The renovation could include condos, office space, a hotel and possibly restaurants.
That, or some entrepreneurial company could find that the 392,000 sq ft of space a real bargain (eh hmmm, First Solar, Xunlight, etc). Either way, it's a step in the right direction.
Now if we could only get the airport closer to downtown.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Current ODOT Developments
ODOT is currently in the initial stages of modifying the Upton/Central ramp configuration, which should benefit
Existing Downtown I-75 Interchanges
The current Downtown Toledo setup utilizes several mid-century access points that provide no real benefit to the downtown area. Ohio Department of Transportation has decreed that all future highway ramps to be full interchanges, while all current downtown ramps are partial interchanges:
To Downtown (exit ramp): 1) South Collingwood 2) Anthony Wayne Trail
From Downtown (entrance ramp):
To Downtown (exit ramp):
From Downtown (entrance ramp): 1)
Proposed Downtown Gateway
The main Downtown Toledo I-75 gateway should provide easy access to the downtown office buildings, 5/3 Field, the future arena, the
The Downtown I-75 Gateway would achieve the goals of the project by being developed south of downtown at the I-75/Anthony
A downtown loop can then be developed using the streets that connect to the AW Trail, as north
1) The new gateway development requires the demolition of the current AW Trail/I-75 partial interchange. Modifications could be made to the current structure to accommodate four more ramps, but a new interchange would allow the entire system to be brought to ODOT code.
2) The Nebraska Ave bridge suspended over this interchange will be removed with a turnaround built west of I-75 and Nebraska Ave will be demolished to S. Erie St on the east side of I-75.
3) I-75 entrance ramp at
4) One or two warehouses near the I-75 interchange, depending on the radius of the entrance and exit ramps.
Benefits of Gateway and
The development of a singular access and egress point for Downtown Toledo will allow proper allocation of investments into the future of downtown. The creation of a main traffic route will generate maximum exposure of different business and developments located in the area. The AW Trail/I-75 ramps to downtown currently pass by the major residential developments in downtown (The Bartley Lofts and proposed Triangle Building), thus increasing exposure of the buildings. Increased spending on advertising in the area should be expected, as well as growth of transient oriented businesses such as restaurants and gas stations. The beginning of the loop south of downtown increases awareness of the long neglected, but very valuable, buildings of the Warehouse District and the
The Northbound gateway to downtown provides scenery that most expect of
The main disadvantage of the Downtown Toledo gateway is the increased traffic volume created by reducing the number of ramps to the expressway. This can be offset by designing the appropriate number of lanes for the gateway and I-75 entrance and exit ramps.
Eliminating certain ramps will reduce the volume of traffic that passes by businesses on the current layout. Currently, very few transient related businesses exist near the partial interchanges. Fastenal, The Salvation Army, FleetPride, and to a lesser extent Bob’s Tire, could be effected by the change. This is addressed by keeping the Collingwood Ave partial interchanges open and promoting flow to the Toledo Museum of Art, The Old West End, and therefore down Monroe St. The current
Thursday, December 20, 2007
marked by compactness or crowding together of parts
In doing research for this blog, I ran across a little piece of Toledo history that is still standing today. One of the main gripes I have ran across is the relative lack of density in Downtown Toledo. Check out this gem located off Swan Creek (I-75 & Nebraska).
The majority of Downtown Toledo looked similar to this, snaking around the natural resources that were the Maumee River and Swan Creek. The reason? Real estate was at a premium near the heart of the ever growing metropolis, especially on the waterways. Most have been replaced by the single level steel warehouses that we all know so well.
An almost comical contrast between Toledo then and Toledo now can be seen in the photo above. This photo is not doctored in anyway. In fact, you may be able to see it in person on southbound I-75. Dense, brick structures meet 70's inspired, low income housing.
If you are looking to preserve a little bit of history, publicly or privately, I would encourage that you look at this opportunity.
What to look forward to @ Next Step Toledo:
- Master Plan for Downtown Toledo
- Revamped traffic flow for Downtown and outlying areas
- Modern home/building designs
- Updates relating to Toledo business development
Friday, October 12, 2007
Who We Are: We are dedicated to serving the best interests of Toledo, Ohio and its citizens through developing ideas, protecting history, and promoting the future.
Our Goals: Developing ideas for future developments and renovations. We do not wish to present only what is being done, but what should be done represented by drawings, pictures, plans, and words.
This blog is a medium for sharing ideas, plans, insights, and examples for the following topics in Toledo:
- Modern building designs & planning
- Roadway/Railway/Seaway planning and improvement
- Contemporary architecture progression
- Downtown Toledo business and living
- Retail/Business developments (Marina District,
- Areas that require extra attention (Traffic flow, lack of investment, urban activity)
- Attracting businesses and families to Toledo metro area
- Preservation of neglected and historic Toledo buildings/neighborhoods
- Master plans for areas of significance (Old West End, Old Orchard, etc)
- Current projects underway protecting Toledo's past
- Design and Planning that has failed or does not serve purpose any longer
- Buildings/Places unknown to Toledoans
We Need Your Ideas.
Please feel free to inform us of your ideas, plans, or drawings relating to any of these topics below. We will post these and credit you with ownership.