By LOU WILIN
Open for rent in downtown Findlay: nine three-story townhouses for $1,825 or $2,300 per month.
“Downtown living, I think, is something we hope takes off,” 200 West principal Phil Lawson said Wednesday.
With business and government officials gathered at the townhouses at the corner of West and Front streets, Lawson cited additional amenities of downtown life: a Great Scot grocery store and restaurants are within walking distance, and the Marathon Performing Arts Center can be viewed from townhouse windows.
Lawson’s units are 1,500 square feet with two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. They have a one-car attached garage and separate laundry rooms.
Unfurnished units rent for $1,825 per month and the furnished ones go for $2,300 per month.
Lawson’s townhouses and the Marathon arts center pack a one-two gentrifying punch for the older Findlay neighborhood. The site of the townhouses once was occupied by vacant, run-down houses and a church.
Lawson’s conversion of the site did not come cheap. He estimated his project at $1.65 million in a building permit he obtained in 2018. He declined to disclose the amount of his investment on Wednesday.
Lawson and Tim Mayle, director of Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development, heralded his venture as the upshot of flood reduction and downtown improvements.
“Downtown Findlay has seen a transition over the past few years that gave us the confidence to invest,” Lawson said.
The community’s progress in reducing flooding downtown was a key, Mayle said.
“I think 10 years ago we wouldn’t be here investing in this location if we weren’t benching (widening a section of) the river right down the street right now,” Mayle said.
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