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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) – As you drive down the Anthony Wayne bridge into downtown Toledo, you can’t really see much. Sure, you’ll spot the Maumee River and the skyline. Under the pylons, though. business is bustling.

“Oh, great things going on in this part of town,” Jim Eckert said. He’s the Director of Real Estate at Owens Corning.

“There’s just a lot of activity we didn’t have before,” Neal Kovacik said. Kovacik is the general manager at Maumee Bay Brewing Company.

The Oliver House isn’t just a bar, brewery, and apartments. There’s new office space and even a place to grow hops for the brewery.

“And on the other side, we have a warehouse venue, where we have a distillery,” Kovacik said. “Starting to distill spirits. and we have a 300 person banquet venue.”

Just as beer flows from Neal’s re-purposed bourbon barrels, now demand for real estate pours in, next to the Middlegrounds Metropark.

“The Middlegrounds Park next door, that’s bringing a lot of people in. We’re very happy they’re making use of the river asset. All of the businesses around here are starting to pick up,” Kovacik said.

The area has its anchor:

“Owens Corning is a wonderful neighbor.”

The local theme is all about re-using old spaces, and finding second uses for others.

“We have a big parking lot here. It’s about nine acres in size,” Eckert said. “And a way to put it to use.”

8,000 solar panels provide a lot more than shade for Owens Corning. The array pumps out nearly 30% of the headquarters power supply. It’s a green solution next door to a green-space.

“Prior to the Metropark being down here, it was largely space that no one would want to be. And now it is. And I think the visibility of the area has picked up 100%,” Eckert said.

With new development from ProMedica, continuing south into downtown Toledo, and the southern Warehouse District, they’re calling this the Nautical Mile. Development is planned all the way down to the Metropark.

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