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Published: Monday, 9/30/2013

Sylvania has robust year in attracting business, jobs

Craig A. Stough Craig A. Stough
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Sylvania is a great location for business and new business activity in Sylvania is increasing.

New business means new job opportunities for our residents and new income tax revenue to help support City services for our residents. There has been more construction and ribbon cuttings in Sylvania this year than I remember since before the recession years began in 2008.

Flower Hospital and Promedica are the largest employers in Sylvania, and they continue to improve their facilities each year. If you haven’t already noticed the construction cranes behind Flower Hospital, a major construction project is well under way. When the hospital was first built in the 1970s, a second tower mirroring the existing eight story tower was envisioned. The third floor of that second tower is now being constructed.

Promedica has also made a major property investment in Sylvania, buying the old Churchill’s store and Starlite Plaza. They are considering plans for a new medical office building/care facility employing hundreds of medical employees.

Earlier in the year, ribbon cuttings were held for Interrupt Marketing and for NOIC. Interrupt Marketing is a new business in Sylvania employing about 25 in the remodeled Maplewood Marketplace downtown. NOIC is expanding and has opened a second office location on the north side of Monroe Street along the North Branch of Ten Mile Creek.

Lily Whitestone has opened a store downtown and the old Irv’s Autoparts store is being remodeled for new retail and office space. With more new businesses and restaurants downtown, Sylvania is becoming a bigger retail destination.

Downtown Delights, scheduled for Nov. 14, is the start of the holiday shopping season and promises to be a bigger event than ever this year.

New business also continues to open in Sylvania in commercial areas away from the downtown. Peace, Love and Pottery recently opened west of McCord Road on Sylvania Avenue. A ribbon cutting for Office Image at 5800 Monroe Street was held recently.

A gala ribbon cutting is planned Nov. 4 for the Paul Mitchell School at 5549 Monroe Street. The school is already open and occupies 13,000 square feet of commercial space. The school will employ 30 staff members and offer training for hundreds of students. Sylvania was chosen because of the high traffic volume along Monroe Street and the many Paul Mitchell product users in the area.

Sylvania continues to be a great location for business. Sylvania is where their customers are. As the economy continues to improve, we will continue working to make Sylvania a great destination for business.

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