Downtown square to be summer site for music

Levis Square in downtown Toledo will become an outdoor venue for musical entertainment this summer.

The city of Toledo, in conjunction with the Downtown Toledo Improvement District, plans to sponsor bands and dancing at the square every Thursday evening from 6 until 9, starting May 31.

Find the complete story at the Blade.

Metropark plans advance downtown

Three years from now, Toledo’s downtown riverfront could look very different.

Instead of a vacant steam plant, a fenced-off plot of grass, and a former railroad dumping ground, it could have a YMCA branch, new apartments, a city park with a fountain and concert stage, and downtown’s first Metropark, stretching for half a mile along the southern riverbank.

Those developments — long the pipe dream of Toledo city leaders — are closer to becoming a reality thanks to several recent announcements.

Read about these developments at the Toledo Blade.

Home sales increase

Single-family home sales in Lucas County and a 10-county region of northwest Ohio rose 4 percent and 2 percent, respectively, in 2011.

Even more encouraging were sales numbers from December, traditionally one of the slower months for home buying.

“This was one of my busiest Decembers ever,” said Barbara Stout, president of the Toledo Board of Realtors and a real estate agent with the Danberry Co. “I think the January numbers will be good too.”

Ms. Stout said she believes the area is starting to see the seeds of a recovery.

Read the complete article at the Toledo Blade.

Chrysler to invest $500M, add 1,100 jobs to Toledo assembly complex

Liberty Assembly PlantChrysler Group LLC announced Wednesday a $500 million investment and 1,100 more jobs at its Toledo Assembly complex.

The basics of the announcement have been expected, but the investment amount was considerably higher than the $365 million the automaker previously said was being considered for its facility that makes Jeep Liberty and Dodge Nitro sport utility vehicles.

Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler chief executive, made the announcement. He has implemented world class manufacturing standards at Chrysler plants, and the Liberty/Nitro factory has made great strides toward those standards, reducing costs and making production more efficient. When the factory gets its audit next week, it hopes to have the highest score on those standards among all Chrysler plants, workers. said.

Read the complete story at the Toledo Blade.

TARTA to provide free service Nov 8

TARTAThe Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) will provide free service on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to encourage voting in the general election.

TARTA will offer free rides all day on Nov. 8 on its regular line, Call-A-Ride and TARPS services.

The complete story can be found at Fox Toledo.

Skateboarders flock to newly opened plaza

Sylvania skate parkWord is out: The Sylvania Recreation District’s Pacesetter Park is a haven for skateboarders.

Boards in hand, the enthusiasts have been flocking to the park’s new skate plaza, which had its grand opening last week.

“It’s a very popular place,” said Ben Kretz, a skateboarder who was involved in the project when it was just a wish and who addressed the crowd at the opening.

The 10,000-square-foot plaza cost $230,000, which came from a 0.42-mill levy voters adopted in March, 2008, to support a host of projects in the district.

Read the entire article at the Toledo Blade.