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DTID’S NEWSLETTER IS GEARED FOR DISTRICT PROPERTY OWNERS, BUT SERVES AS A RESOURCE FOR ALL DOWNTOWNERS. Downtown Toledo Express News C O N N E C T I N G I N T H E D I S T R I C T N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 0 , 2 N D E D I T I O N Activities in Downtown Toledo (Six Weeks Left in 2010) The holidays are fast approaching and many events and activities can be seen in downtown. Come downtown and enjoy the holidays with the hundreds of other people that gather nightly. Click here for the events calendar: DTID News & Announcements TARTA Unveils Plan to Abandon the Downtown Bus Loop by Creating a Single TARTA Terminal on Jackson Street At the annual meeting for the Downtown Toledo Improvement District, TARTA General Manager, Jim Gee, unveiled a concept plan that created a single TARTA terminal, eliminates the five bus stops on the bus loop and abandons the bus loop for daily operations. Click HERE for the TARTA concept plan. Mr. Gee stated that the new plan allows TARTA to consolidate resources, adjust TARTA services to be more efficient and create a positive change for the downtown pedestrian environment. Click HERE to read The Blade article and HERE for the Jim Gee video. Downtown stakeholders identified the bus loop as the greatest impediment to a pedestrian friendly environment. The idea of elimination of the loop was reinforced by downtown stakeholders during multiple stakeholder meetings held to solicit visionary concepts for the Arena Neighborhood Development Initiative. The Improvement District and Business Partnership never lost focus of this concern. TARTA consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, performed an operation analysis focused on transit logistics. They met with representatives of the Business Partnership to better understand downtown stakeholder concerns. As a result, Parsons Brinckerhoff recommended the elimination of the bus loop. Since then, many near downtown locations were considered. The current concept is an outgrowth of updating the downtown Development Plan, by The Toledo Design Center. This is a volunteer effort, comprised of the Design Center Board and advisory members, interested downtown stakeholders and the Toledo Lucas County Plan Commission. During their working sessions, Jackson Street became the top location. Three weeks ago, a meeting of collaboration took place with TARTA, Design Center, City of Toledo Engineering Services Group, City of Toledo Traffic Engineering, TMACOG and the Improvement District. Many concepts were explored, resulting in the current concept plan. The new transit terminal would incorporate the southern lane of Jackson Boulevard, with a park like setting where buses would enter the transit area without circling the downtown. It would allow TARTA to better serve the downtown area. Dick Meyers, retired landscape architect and Chairman of the Design Center created the plan based on team input. The Improvement District is proud to have been a driving force in this effort, striving for a better downtown and delivering value through enhanced services for our stakeholders. DTID Annual Meeting The DTID Annual Meeting was held on November 16th in the PNC Auditorium at 8:00 am. The agenda can be accessed through this LINK on our website. The meeting lasted about 1-1/2 hours and was well attended. Treasurer Jim Eckert presented the 2011 budget and a forecast of expected financial results for 2010. Executive Director Bill Thomas presented highlights and successes for 2010. Click HERE for the most recent statistics from the 2010 Clean & Safe Report, which is on our website. We then moved into three presentations. The TARTA plan discussed above, a presentation on the updated Downtown Development Plan by Paul Hollenbeck and the recent changes in downtown parking by Clayton Johnston. Election of board members was conducted by Chairman John Eberly. Officers elected to three year terms were Jim Eckert of Owens Corning, Gary Resnick of LaSalle Cleaners and Christine Richmond of Neighborhood Health Association. Elected to an open, unexpired term of two years was Mark Korn of SSOE, Inc. We welcome new directors Mark Korn and Christine Richmond and welcome back Directors Resnick and Eckert. DTID Holiday Party The DTID social mixer was very well attended last night. Joan Russell, Owner of Murphy’s Place, had wonderful appetizers for all. Thanks Joan! DTID’s Holiday Party will be held Tuesday, December 14, 2010 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm, at Table Fourty-4 located at 610 Monroe Street. The event flyer is attached HERE for you to post in your office and send to friends! Come celebrate the holidays with us. We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP at 419- 249-5494. Downtown News & Events Toledo Mud Hens Opening Days Double Play Tickets on Sale Soon! Mark your calendars….Opening Day is Thursday, April 14, 2011 with the game starting at 4:00 pm!!! The Toledo Mud Hens have announced that on Friday, November 26 at 9:00 am, fans will have an opportunity to purchase their tickets for Opening Day 2011 at Fifth Third Field. Tickets for the 5th Annual Opening Day Bash will go on sale the same day. The only way to guarantee an Opening Day ticket is with the purchase of an “Opening Days Double Play” ticket package, a buffet bash ticket or a 2011 Hens’ ticket plan (full season or partial season). Fans can purchase their tickets by phone at (419) 725-HENS (4367), online at www.mudhens.com, at the Mud Hens box office at Fifth Third Field, or at the Huntington Center box office. MAC Volleyball Tournament Fan Fest The Mid-American Conference volleyball tournament returns to downtown Toledo, Saturday, November 20, 2010 -- 3:30 - 7:30 pm. Fans will have a chance to try new sports skills and learn the benefits of participating in sports. Pre-game activities include interactive stations focusing on health, fitness and safety issues. Free ticket to the game to kids 12 and under wearing their "sports uniform." All Fan Fest activities are free. For more information, log on to www.mac-sports.com. Downtown 23rd Annual Holiday Parade The annual Holiday Parade steps off on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at a new time this year….10:00 a.m., at Jefferson & Summit Streets. Bring your family and friends downtown to enjoy a holiday tradition including floats, balloons, marching bands, Shriners, the Distinguished Clown Corps, and of course, Santa himself! Disney actress and Toledo native Alyson Stoner will be the grand marshal. Glass City Rollers The Glass City Rollers is Toledo's own women's flat track roller derby team. Their first home bout will be at the SeaGate Centre on Saturday, December 18 at 7:00 pm. More information can be found at www.glasscityrollers.com. Disney on Ice Presents: Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on a journey into magical worlds of Disney's Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Peter Pan, Lilo & Stitch and much more! Mickey and Minnie, along with their friends, arrive at the Huntington Center on Wednesday, December 15th through Sunday, December 19th. Click www.huntingtoncentertoledo.com to view show times and for tickets. Contact Information: Bill Thomas, Executive Director Beth Frisinger, Administrative Assistant 300 Madison Avenue Suite 1510 Toledo, Ohio 43604 Phone: 419-249-5494 Fax: 419-249-5289 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com On the Street Operations Headquarters Block by Block (Clean & Safe Team) Keith Frisinger, Operations Manager 332 N. Michigan Street Toledo, Ohio 43604 Cell: (419) 467-9451 The Downtown Toledo Improvement District is a 501 (c) (3) special assessment district created by downtown property owners to provide benefits within a defined 38-block area of our Central Business District. DTID furnishes enhanced maintenance, security, marketing and economic development services above and beyond those offered by the city and county.
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