Nine bite-size Lemmon Drops to nibble on while waiting for Dale Jarrett to take the checkered flag in today's Daytona 500:
More than a year ago, Fifth Third Bank announced that it wanted to tear down three buildings on Huron Street to install a surface parking lot and an off-street service lane for its armored trucks and couriers. It finally ran out of patience with Mr. Escobar's stall tactics and demanded that the issue be brought up for a vote.
Mr. Escobar says a new 300-space parking garage near the bank is the solution. It could be built in 14 months.
Fifth Third says that's not a viable option; so it's pressing for a thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote on its downtown plan.
In an article in Tuesday's paper, John Szuch, chairman of Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio, couldn't have been more clear: "If it's a no vote, we'll move to Sylvania."
Two hundred jobs are at stake. It's not like the city -- which will lose an estimated 340 jobs if Owens-Illinois Inc. moves its headquarters from downtown to Perrysburg -- has a lot of leverage.
Lest Mr. Escobar forget, Fifth Third Bank ponied up $5 million for the naming rights to Toledo's baseball stadium, substantially reducing taxpayer risk associated with the $39.2 million facility.
Riding the bus will eliminate the hassle of parking inside a garage and, best of all, cost just $1.60 a day (assuming you buy a roll of tokens).
"I wouldn't count on it."
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