By Jane Maiolo
With little fanfare, the Perrysburg Township Board of Trustees approved a community reinvestment area (CRA) for Ampoint Industrial Park at the board's regular meeting last Monday. The Wood County Commissioners followed suit, approving the CRA at their August 23 meeting.
The trustees said the CRA is being instituted in response to businesses that have expressed an interest in moving to Ampoint but declined to name those companies.
However, the establishment of a CRA could be the first step toward bringing FedEx to the township. The company, which employs about 600 people at its current location on Reynolds Road in Toledo, has been looking at Ampoint Park as a possible relocation site.
Ampoint is located off Buck Road west of Owens Community College and Penta Career Center.
The site offers acreage that the company needs, is already appropriately zoned and provides easy access to the Ohio Turnpike, administrator John Hrosko explained in an interview last month.
Boundaries for the proposed CRA encompass the industrial park and include Oregon Road to the east, State Route 795 to the south, I-75 to the west and the CSX railroad tracks on the north.
The trustees also approved a contract with Poggemeyer Design Group to conduct a study of the area to determine the exact boundaries and acreage involved. Although the contract is for $10,000, Trustee Gary Britten said it will likely cost much less.
Mr. Hrosko said the CRA will allow the township to offer incentives for businesses interested in relocating to the area.
Wade Gottschalk, associate director of the Wood County Economic Development Commission, agreed, adding that CRAs offer a "few additional tools that enterprise zones don't offer."
Those tools include an eligibility for tax exemption up to 100 percent, according to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).
Originally created to help with inner city rehabilitation, CRAs also can be applied to areas of historical significance.
According to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Web site on Formerly Used Defense sites (FUDs), Ampoint dates to 1942 when it was established as the Rossford Ordnance Depot and used as a military distribution area. In 1946 the government expanded the depot to include receiving, storing, issuing processing and deprocessing of vehicles returned from overseas.
The 883.56-acre site was declared excess in 1961 and sold to become what is now the industrial park, Owens Community College and Penta Career Center.
Steeped in history, the site could qualify as a "structure of historical or architectural significance" under the ORC definition of a community reinvestment area.
In other business, the trustees:
- Read a letter of commendation from Greg Irving, vice president/general manager for Great Lakes Window.
Mr. Irving expressed his appreciation to Police Detective Robb Gates and members of the department for their "professionalism, organization and finesse" in thehandling of a double shooting at Liberty Transportation several weeks ago.
"We all noticed the skill, control and composure exercised by you and the fine law enforcement officers on site," said Mr. Irving. "We will always remember the feeling of security we experienced by having your quality teams near us."
- Approved a policy for the disposal of township property through an Internet auction. The trustees will decide which items are to be disposed of and set a minimum price.
The fiscal officer will collect the money and complete the paperwork. Funds received will be deposited in the general fund.
- Learned from Grant Garn, zoning inspector/ administrator, that the insurance company for Donald Black of Roachton Road has settled the family's claim.
Mr. Black's home was destroyed by fire earlier this year. Mr. Garn said the family appreciates the trustees patience while the claim was being processed, adding that work will now begin on having the debris removed and the home rebuilt.
- Approved a purchase order for the fire depart-ment's new pickup truck. Truck and Van Land will install a cap and bed slide at a cost of $1,878, and light bars and sirens will be installed by State Wide Emergency Products for $3,523.