UPDATED: Marathon Petroleum announces $80 million downtown expansion

ARTIST'S SKETCH shows planned or proposed buildings to be constructed south of the Marathon Petroleum campus.

ARTIST’S SKETCH shows planned or proposed buildings to be constructed south of the Marathon Petroleum campus.

Findlay’s downtown will get a major boost in the next three years thanks to Marathon Petroleum Corp.

Marathon CEO Gary Heminger announced Monday that the company will spend $80 million to add two office buildings to its complex, two multi-story employee parking garages, and green space.

Down the road, Marathon may add a combination corporate hotel/mixed use building on Main Street, Heminger said.

Combined with recent expansions at Blanchard Valley Hospital, the University of Findlay, and the coming $10 million Marathon Performing Arts Center downtown, the Marathon Petroleum expansions will make Findlay stand out, Heminger said.

“Findlay should have the template for downtown community for, I think, all of America,” he said to the Findlay Rotary Club.

From Marathon Petroleum’s point of view, the additions will address space needs. Marathon has been renting space around town for some employees. The new buildings will add more than 550 work spaces at Marathon’s campus.

One new six-story office building and multi-level parking garage will be south of the existing Marathon complex, between Hardin, Lincoln and Main streets. The 120,000-square-foot office building will be headquarters for MPLX LP, Marathon Petroleum’s pipeline subsidiary.

A new three-story office building and parking garage will be northeast of the existing complex, along the south side of Sandusky Street and west side of East Street.

Gone will be the former Elks and RCM Architects buildings, at 601 and 613 S. Main St. Demolition dates have not yet been set, Marathon Petroleum reported. The site of the Elks building will become green space.

“We did an exhaustive study of the Elks building to see whether or not it would fit our plans going forward, and it just didn’t, the amount of work that had to be done to make it compliant with today’s offices,” Heminger said. “The RCM building that was next door … it just gives us the ability to build this campus out.”

Potentially, a “multi-purpose hotel, conference-type facility,” will be built at the northeast corner of Main and Lincoln streets, Heminger said. Marathon is seeking investors to build the corporate hotel, which might be used by other companies besides Marathon, he said.

The parking garage on Sandusky Street will have 800 spaces on five levels. The parking garage south of Hardin Street and over Beech Street will have 1,200 spaces on six levels. Ground level parking spaces for employees and visitors will remain south of Hardin Street, west of East Street and north of Lincoln Street.

Courier business reporter Lou Wilin will have more on Tuesday.

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Mary Dishon says:

I cant believe youre all excited. What do we get? A big corporate grab. Whats next?

Susan Brown says:

very exciting

Sharon Hards Rooney says:

Well said Puck!

Didnt they just turn all that into a parking lot an where will the parade be staged now?

Elaine Consolo Reinhard says:

We're "somewhat" new but not totally new to the community of Findlay, but have learned & are still learning that Findlay is such a great community to live in. It's amazing to see how much people truly care about their community & how hard they work to make their voices heard in order to make "changes & possibilities" happen….it's a welcomed changed.

Ian Perkins says:

Some can't see the good in things so obvious. How quickly people forget how much of an uproar Cooper threatening to leave always causes. What people fail to realize is that if Marathon leaves, Findlay goes belly up. And old Elk's building will not save the city.

Wow great news and looks great!

Lori Brown says:

This is so wonderful for Findlay!!!!

Tom Drake says:

In all due respect, Dave, the only people who have a right to weigh in on the plan for razing of the Elks Home are the members of BPOE No.75, and they voted overwhelmingly in favor of the sale of their property to Marathon, with full knowledge that there no guarantee that the building would be preserved. Marathon's purchase at a premium price was a lifesaver for the local lodge, given the expense of maintaining the building, and was viewed by most members as a win, win, win for the Elks, for Marathon, and for the City of Findlay. If all those who are criticizing Marathon for its plans for the Elks property had joined the lodge or had retained their membership through the years, perhaps we wouldn't be having this discussion. But it was probably inevitable, given all of the forces at work.

Tim Kelly says:

Well said, Blaine. With the flooding problem Marathon was not a lock to stay in Findlay at all. So this is very good news for the city's future.

I just watched the video, and the first thing that popped in mind was "what would Cathy think?" :D It's way past time they went vertical with parking – glad to see they're doing that, and in a nice-looking way.

Awesome news for Findlay! Keeping our community strong and great paying jobs! Way to go Marathon!

Linda Henry says:

Shame on you Marathon hasn't Findlay razed enough buildings