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Tiffin looking to expand commercial space

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TIFFIN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Tiffin wants to expand the Westgate shopping area. After being ranked 10th in the nation for economic growth, leaders there are now facing a good problem: Businesses want to move in, but there's not enough room.

Mayor Aaron Montz says there's barely room for growth in one of the busiest shopping areas in the city, but building a new road might be the solution.

"We have to continue to put the infrastructure there so we can grow," he said.

There's no room for new stores in the city's commercial area, other than an empty car lot.

"We've got room in our industrial parks, but you don't mix the commerce and the industrial parks," Montz said. "Those are saved for our factories and manufacturing, so we definitely need a new frontier, so to speak, for commercial development. We see Fair Lane as that premier option."

Fair Lane is currently a dead-end road running parallel to West Market. If extended, it would create a new area for businesses looking for space. The mayor has begun talks with the state and county about the expansion. He's hoping they can come to a decision sooner, rather than later, so the city won't miss out on good opportunities that its new national ranking could bring.

"If we do not plan now, we're going to be in a land-lock situation where we're turning away commerce in this community, and we never want to be in that position," Montz said.

Residents can still expect to see a few new eateries, including a Dunkin Donuts, before the year ends.

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