2 new buildings in flood plain, will be elevated

Two of the four new buildings Marathon Petroleum Corp. will add to its complex in downtown Findlay will be in the flood plain, so the company plans to elevate those two buildings, Marathon reported.
One will be a three-story, 45,000-square-foot multi-use office/services building at the southwest corner of Sandusky and Beech streets. The other will be a nearby parking garage at the southeast corner of Sandusky and Beech streets. The parking garage will have 800 spaces on five levels.
The two other buildings, a six-story, 120,000-square-foot headquarters for pipeline subsidiary MPLX LP, and a parking garage, will be located south of Hardin Street and out of the flood plain, Marathon Petroleum said.
A corporate hotel/conference center also may be built at the northeast corner of Main and Lincoln streets, and that also would be out of the flood plain, Marathon said.
Marathon Petroleum on Monday announced it will spend $80 million to add the two office buildings and two multi-level parking garages to its campus.
The former Elks and RCM Architects buildings, at 601 and 613 S. Main St., will be demolished. Trees, green spaces and employee gathering areas will replace them.
The MPLX LP headquarters will front on Hardin Street, opposite the Marathon Petroleum main entrance.
The parking garage south of Hardin Street and over Beech Street will have 1,200 spaces on six levels. Beech Street will remain open under the parking garage.
If the corporate hotel/conference center is built, it would have about 100 rooms, Marathon said. Marathon is seeking investors to build that.

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