By LOU WILIN
A map of a 47-acre industrial park north of Hancock County 99 and east of Ball Metal and the CSX railroad tracks was approved Thursday by the Findlay City Planning Commission.
Ohio Logistics Business Park will include an existing 21-acre Ohio Logistics warehouse tract. The planning commission approved dividing a second lot, on the east side of Distribution Drive, into five lots for use by other businesses to be recruited.
Ohio Logistics will soon begin construction of a 125,000-square-foot addition to its existing warehouse. It also will build a 130,000-square-foot warehouse to the east, on one of the five now-empty lots. The Ohio Logistics warehouse additions will come with 35 to 45 additional jobs by May, said Ohio Logistics President Chuck Bills.
Distribution Drive, which extends north from Hancock County 99, will be upgraded with curbs and gutters, drainage work and asphalt. A waterline, and storm and sanitary sewers in the area will be extended.
The Findlay-Hancock County Alliance is proposing the $2 million in infrastructure improvements be paid for with additional real estate tax revenue from business park development. But that tax revenue normally would go to Van Buren schools and Allen Township. Van Buren school board can veto the tax diversion plan. It will likely discuss the tax plan at its Nov. 21 meeting but may not vote on it then, Superintendent Tim Myers said.
Besides needing school board approval, the tax plan would have to be approved by the Hancock County commissioners. They are expected to vote on the plan Dec. 19.
Ohio Logistics employs about 370 at warehouses across the country. It is headquartered in Findlay and is one of the largest privately-held logistics companies in the Midwest. It provides warehousing, distribution and transportation.
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