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New shopping, apartments get green light in BG

The new plaza will be built here on Wooster Street. The new plaza will be built here on Wooster Street.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Anew shopping plaza and upscale apartments are coming to Wooster Street, neardowntown Bowling Green.

The$2.6 million project is finally moving forward after a zoning battle betweenthe city and property owner.

MarketSquare will have five or six new stores and restaurants on the first level,including a Biggby Coffee and Jimmy Johns. Upstairs, there will be 16 1-bedroom,upscale apartments. The plan is to appeal to professionals rather thanundergraduate students.

"Gradstudents, professors and TAs, and even business professionals," said SteveGreen, owner of Mecca Management.

Theplaza will be in a prime location on the heavily-traveled Wooster Street, nearthe new CVS pharmacy. It will also add about 25 jobs.

Butnot everyone is a fan. Some people say the site should stay a parking lot.

"Continueto be more parking available for downtown and maybe more hometown businesses,small businesses," said Jesse Crom.

Greensays one thing is certain:

"Itwill be new and fresh, and we're happy to be part of renewing the housing stockin Bowling Green," he said.

Theshops are estimated to be open late next spring.

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