Commissioners approve annexation for industrial park

Hancock County’s commissioners agreed today to annex the bulk of property needed for a new 350-acre industrial park from Marion Township to Findlay.

Located on Findlay’s northeast side, the land is bordered by East Bigelow Avenue, Crystal Avenue, and Hancock County 212. The property is owned by George H. and Camille A. Ranzau, 6144 Hancock County 18, Findlay, and William Jaqua, 1717 Windsor Place, Findlay.

Findlay and Marion Township have approved a revenue-sharing agreement for the property. Under the agreement, the city will pay Marion Township 1.5 mills in taxes from the assessed value of the property for 10 years.

The industrial park would be established south of Hancock County 212, west of Hancock County 18, east of the CSX railroad and north of Bigelow Avenue. Hancock County 212 was rebuilt for $7.5 million by county government in the 1990s, specifically for industrial traffic.

Water and sewer service, electricity, and natural gas are available, and the Findlay Land Use Plan already calls for the land to eventually be converted to industrial use.

Tony Iriti, economic director for the Findlay/Hancock County Alliance, said there is very little vacant land in the city, and the annexation will allow the property to qualify for as a Community Reinvestment Area. Annexation also has the benefit of city services like fire protection and water.

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