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                              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

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-

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

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


                             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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