FINDLAY, OHIO – Marathon Petroleum Corp. in April will begin construction of a second parking garage in downtown Findlay, this one off of Lincoln Street.
Plans for the five-story, 1,200-parking-space garage were approved Thursday by the Findlay City Planning Commission.
Construction will start after a Marathon parking garage on the southeast corner of Sandusky Street and Beech Avenue is completed. That five-story garage will have 800 spaces.
Marathon’s two garages together will give it 1,000 more parking spaces than it had before, or a total of 2,500 parking spaces including existing ground spaces.
Marathon agreed to reduce the number of its driveways along Lincoln Street for its parking areas. But it did not specify how many of the 12 driveways between Main and East streets will remain.
Last spring, City Planning Commissioner Dan Clinger said he wanted Marathon to eliminate driveways onto Lincoln Street for the parking lot bounded by Lincoln, East and Hardin streets. He wanted to prevent those seeking Marathon parking spots from using Lincoln Street to turn around while going from one parking aisle to another.
The two parking garages are part of Marathon’s overall plan to add $80 million worth of downtown buildings: two office buildings, the two parking garages and possibly a hotel.
Construction of a six-story, 120,000-square-foot headquarters for Marathon’s pipeline subsidiary, MPLX LP, started in December. The building will be across Hardin Street from Marathon Petroleum headquarters and connected by an enclosed walkway on the third floor. It is scheduled to be completed in spring 2016.
A three-story administrative building, at the southwest corner of Sandusky Street and Beech Avenue, also is under construction. It is scheduled for completion this summer.
Separately, a site plan was approved Thursday for a 4,000-square-foot Blanchard Valley Veterinary Clinic at 1611 N. Main St., north of Rite Aid pharmacy and south of Glenwood Middle School. The clinic currently is at 1930 N. Main St.
Construction of the new building is planned to start in April. It is scheduled to open in mid-October.
By LOU WILIN, STAFF WRITER
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