The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is paving the way
for more vertical construction in the Overland Industrial Park, the former Jeep
On Thursday, the port board approved a lease agreement
with developer Ed Harmon to construct a spec warehouse building, which is
expected to attract another employer to the site. It's a $5.3 million project
to build a 100,000-square-foot building, which will have enough flexibility to
attract a wide range of potential end users.
With Air Gas Inc. already committed to relocating to the
site, Matt Sapara says the industrial park now has credibility and they're
expecting more deals to be reached in the near future.
"Now folks have come out and seen what the roads are
going to look like, where the roundabouts are going to be, the infrastructure
in the ground now," Sapara said. "Now, it's something to see. We've seen an
uptick in the calls we get from people interested in being on this site."
Vertical construction for both the spec building and the
Air Gas facility is expected to start in October.