Staff Writer

NORTH BALTIMORE — North Baltimore has taken steps to advance the village’s economic outlook.

Last fall, Village Council enlisted Black Swamp Location Services of Toledo to help promote the village’s business opportunities.

Services expected to be supplied by the Toledo firm include a village marketing campaign, e-marketing and website enhancement.

Also, North Baltimore Village Administrator Michael Brillhart announced he would prepare a five-year plan that will include North Baltimore’s infrastructure goals.

That list will include the village’s continuing downtown revitalization, replacing waterlines on a section of Main Street, and village park improvements.

Last September, the village obtained a $425,000 Neighborhood Revitalization grant through the Wood County commissioners. Money will go toward repairing street pavement.

Industry growth

Continental Structural Plastics last April announced plans to invest $20 million to $30 million to expand the North Baltimore business, which was expected to add jobs.

In May, Keystone Foods was awarded a state tax credit of $165,000 as an incentive to add 50 workers by the end of 2020, according to the State Tax Credit Authority.

Also, NorthPoint Development intends to construct a logistics park next to the CSX railyard.

The downtown movie theater, Virginia Motion Pictures, closed its doors last fall, citing declining attendance.

Elsewhere, North Baltimore schools opened a new sports complex near the high school in 2018.

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