State helping fund city road work

The state on Monday approved a $250,000 grant to Findlay for street improvements related to Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s planned expansion downtown.
Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said he would like to add left-turn lanes at Sandusky Street’s intersection with Blanchard and East streets.
The turn lanes would be for northbound and southbound traffic at both intersections, and could be done this year, but more likely next year, he said. Eastbound and westbound motorists at both intersections already have left-turn lanes.
Schmelzer said the $250,000 will not pay for all of the expense of the turn lanes. The city is looking at other funding options. He declined to disclose the estimated cost of the improvements.
Marathon Petroleum plans to start construction May 5 on a five-level, 800-space parking garage on the southeast corner of Sandusky Street and Beech Avenue. The parking garage will have an entrance and exit on both East Street and Beech Avenue. The garage is scheduled to open in March 2015, Marathon Petroleum reported.
Demolition of the former Elks building at 601 S. Main St. will start in May and take two to three months, Marathon reported. Trees, green spaces and employee gathering areas will replace it and the former RCM Architects building to the south, which will be razed in 2015.
The parking garage construction and building demolitions are part of Marathon’s planned $80 million expansion of its downtown Findlay complex, which will include two new office buildings and an additional parking garage. The expansions will be completed in 2017.
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