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Woodville Mall Development

When the Woodville Mall opened in 1969, it was the first enclosed mall in Northwest Ohio.

After years of neglect and a foreclosure to the City of Northwood, the site is poised to have another first.

It will be the first “Age in Place” community in the area, as presented to the Wood County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.

There are plans to change the 120 acres, formerly the home of a J.C. Penney, Elder-Beerman and Andersons, into a place to live and play.

Glenn Grisdale, with Reveille, said he has been working with the city to tear down the former mall and revitalize the area.

The vision is to develop the Enclave, with estimated public infrastructure costs of up to $8 million, he said.

“This development will be Northwest Ohio’s first aging in place community,” Grisdale said.

He said a young person could get an apartment in the Enclave, a job at First Solar and education at Owens Community College, then purchase a first home there and start a family. Later in life, he or she could downsize to a townhome and move into the assisted living facility on site.

“It’s the wave of the future,” Grisdale said of the plan, which will also be at the “right price point.”

The plan to pay for it is through Tax Increment Financing. TIF is an economic development mechanism available to local governments to finance public infrastructure improvements that support residential, commercial, industrial and mixed use development.

Also, all the new valuation that’s generated will be directed to pay down the debt, Grisdale said. The $10.2 million in valuation equals $312,000 in property taxes and will pay down debt in 30 years.

City officials could also pursue passing a short-term levy to help in the implementation of the plan. At 1.6 mills, Northwood has the lowest property tax millage of all communities in Wood County, according to the presentation documents.

Grisdale, along with Mayor Ed Schimmel and Administrator Bob Anderson, asked the commissioners for resolutions of support.

“We thought it was important to get in front of you to talk about all we’re doing in Northwood,” Grisdale said. “The Woodville Mall is finally down and people don’t understand how important it was to the community.”

When the mall closed in 2012, after an injunction brought by Northwood and the Wood County Health Department, the city obtained it in foreclosure for $200,000. A standalone Andersons store was closed in 2013.

The city recently held three public community visioning sessions. Participants had instant vote clickers to choose options for the site, including a golf course, plant, mixed use, public use and park.

The sessions showed that the respondents would like a mix of planned residential, commercial and office uses there (69 percent) and would like a portion of the site for public purposes (76 percent). The majority (65 percent) also said they were OK with this site being developed in a manner best defined by the market.

It was also noted that Northwood’s population is aging. The median age in 2010 was 38 years old and today’s median age is estimated at 44 years old. The population is more mature, but very active, Grisdale said.

According to the administrators’ presentation, the city has made investments over the past several years to revive the community. They have updated zoning that provides flexibility and have made use of state and federal programs. Those include Ohio Development Services Agency and Jobs Ohio.

Two projects remain:

• Creating new property valuation on the former Woodville Mall footprint

• Renewing the Woodville Road Corridor (safety, aesthetics, curb appeal)

The Enclave would include a mixed-use facility, a senior living facility, apartments, a bank and a multi-tenant shopping plaza.

Grisdale had examples of all the land use types. The mixed-use facility was compared to the one on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green that has an ice cream store, phone store and coffee business.

“We’ve got to remember that this is all proposed, it’s all subject to change,” Anderson said. “But at least it’s a starting point.”

He said council has been involved in the process and financial planning.

“If we do this, and we don’t have the real estate to pay the financing, the city’s going to be on the hook for it,” Anderson said. “We have our eyes wide open.”

For the time frame, the city would do the infrastructure first, Grisdale said.

"That will tell the development community that we're serious," he said.

The area will also include a roundabout at Lemoyne and Woodville roads, which could be developed in conjunction with the school district.

“This would be a good amenity when you’re driving into the community. It would let people know that something’s happening,” Grisdale said of the roundabout.

The Enclave would also have a Main Street, which could host a farmers market.

“They don’t really have a downtown,” Grisdale said of the city. “Northwood hasn’t had a neighborhood in 10 years.”

There are also plans for beautification projects on the main entrances into the city: Interstate 75 and Wales Road and Interstate 280 and Woodville Road.

NORTHWOOD, OH - (WTVG) - Northwood has spent five years cleaning the old Woodville Mall site.

It used to be home to the first shopping mall in Northwest Ohio. Today, it's vacant with dirt and concrete and piles of stone marking the spot where shoppers once spent money and a community thrived.

But what to do with this property?

Northwood will soon acquire the last parcel of this 133-acre site. From there, it wants to build a new road into the property and a boulevard through the property with other utilities infrastructure benefits to attract development.

Residents want mixed use, and The Enclaves options could provide that.




    Army Pfc. Duquette, a recent graduate of Waite High School, was 18 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1950 he was sent to Korea where he was almost immediately engaged in combat with North Korean forces near Choch’iwon, South Korea in July of that year.

    After the encounters, he could not be accounted for and was declared MIA. He was declared dead in 1953.

    After a long journey and much help from the U.S. government, he’s back home and will be buried December 15, 2019 at the Lake Township Cemetery.

    His nephew, Andrew Tepper, whom Leo never knew, works for the City as our tax auditor. God Bless.

    Please see attached article from The Blade for further details.


2017 - In The News: 


September 7th, 2018 - Campbell Inc. had a 50th Celebration and Grand Re-Opening Event for the New Expansion Project. 

Campbell, Inc. is a 3rd Generation Family-Owned business with Kris Campbell leading the Company.  They have grown their company to 80+ employees by pursuing excellence with impeccable ethics and through superior performance.  They pride themselves on offering energy saving solutions for their customers by tracking energy usage patterns and implementing the latest technologies for mechanical and environmental systems.  They are also committed to providing all-inclusive commercial, industrial, and institutional plumbing services.  Every business decision is made so that their customers can gain high-value and cost-effective solutions. 

We are so pleased to have Campbell, Inc. as a part of the Northwood Corporate Community! 

Campbell Inc - Sept 7 2018 ribbon cutting

September 4th - 6th, 2018- 2018 GoodWill Pass It On Challenge
Northwood Local Schools and Rossford Local Schools accepted a challenge with one another to collect the most unwanted items with drop off locations for GoodWill. The Challenge, based on amount of pounds collected, was that either Rossford's Mayor, Neil McKinnon, or Northwood's Mayor, Ed Schimmel, would wear the losing schools gear. The Challenge was accepted by both Mayor's and the communities banded together to get their goods to the trucks!!!  On September 6th, 2018 the back of the trucks closed up tight and the counting began. At the Northwood vs. Rossford Football game on Friday, September 7th, 2018, the tally was in...Northwood had gathered the most lbs. earning a $500 Scholarship!!! Great job to both Rossford and Northwood Communities! 

Pass it on Challenge- Mayors good sports PASS IT ON CHALLENGE - GoodWill and Rossford

May 9, 2018-  Northwood Local Schools held the "Walk To School" event in which students had the opportunity to walk to school. Buses dropped students off at the Municipal Building at 6000 Wales Road and with the help of teachers and Northwood Police Department the students safely walked to school! 

walk to school event 5-9-18

March 21, 2018 The City Presented a Gift Basket to Northwood's Newest Business: WTF-R What the Fried Rice

WTF-R Basket

Located at 2509 Oregon Road, Northwood, OH 43619

29, 2017 NAMSA Bench Dedication
On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, Mayor Schimmel and the Gorski Family unveiled the new Theodore & Lucille Gorski bench at Brentwood Park.  This bench was dedicated to the Gorski Family and NAMSA for their 50 years of business in the City of Northwood. 

NAMSA Bench Dedication - Photogrid

Watershed Unveiling 2017-1 - Copy
On Friday, July 14, 2017, Mayor Schimmel unveiled the Northwestern Water & Sewer District's WaterShed. The new WaterShed is located at 1740 S. Wheeling Street, in Northwood, Ohio, located in the Frisch’s Big Boy parking lot. A WaterShed is a stand-alone building owned by The District that houses a reverse-osmosis, 9-step water treatment system and provides perfect tasting purified drinking water at a low price. Cost is 25 cents per gallon or a dollar for five gallons.

Yvonne and John - 2017 Prism AwardsYvonne, Mayor and John - 2017 Prism Awards

 Friday, May 12, 2017, The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce held their Prism Celebration at the Oregon Library. During this celebration, John Melnyk was presented with the 2017 Person of the Year Prism Award.  

Great job John, and Thank You for the numerous 
contributions you have made in our community!

                                  John, Mayor, Bob, Louis, Kimberly - 2017 Prism Awards