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are coming to Findlay as buildings on the 300 block of South Main Street are
buildings, once badly damaged by floods, are being turned into luxury
see people hanging out on the streets now, and actually walking around," said
Shawn Kirk, a Findlay resident. "You didn't see that 5-10 years ago."
Findlay now features restaurants and boutiques which bring a younger crowd to
explore the city.
all the businesses coming to the downtown area, it's a good place for downtown
workers to come live," said Jeremy Hatch, who works in Findlay.
buildings on the 300 block of South Main have been vacant since the flood of
2007. Now they're being transformed into luxury lofts, which will make finding
a downtown residence easier.
County commissioners say Jim Heck, owner of Heck Rentals, purchased the
buildings and is heading up the renovation project.
has a long history of doing good downtown developments," said Commissioner
Brian Robertson. "Hopefully this will be another one that will bring
investments, jobs and people to live, work and play in Hancock County."
says with major corporations like Marathon Petroleum and Cooper Tires based in
Findlay, a lot of young people are moving to the city and they want options.
you know those young professionals, [ages] 25-35, this is something they love,"
he said. "It's next to the restaurants, next to the social night life. With
today's laws regarding OVI, it's certainly a much easier situation for them to
work and play, so to speak, and have a social life."
wants to wrap up renovations by December, and hopefully receive a tax credit
from the state for preserving the historic buildings.