SACIC nonprofit grant applications due Jan. 20

The Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation is now accepting applications from community nonprofit organizations for 2023 Community Organization grants. The deadline to submit requests is Jan. 20, 2023. Email Tiffany Scott at tscott@sylvaniachamber.org or visit https://sylvaniaareacic.org/community-grants/ to learn more. Continue reading SACIC nonprofit grant applications due Jan. 20

All the right elements for success

Umami is the taste profile that describes the depth of flavor in a dish. It is also the best description for Element 112, which has added a depth of flavor and style to downtown Sylvania for over 10 years. And now, it is expanding its flavor and business palette even more.

On Nov. 10, the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation presented Chris Nixon and his mother Michele Nixon, from Element 112, a check for $50,000, to assist with the new investment in their operation. The restaurant owners applied for and received a SACIC five-year, two-percent loan. Continue reading All the right elements for success

Quality outdoor life essential for a strong community

A thriving and well-balanced community requires vibrant and blossoming outdoor recreation space. This was the central message from both speakers presenting on Sept. 14 before the board of directors of the Sylvania Area Community Investment Corporation, who met at Sylvania Country Club.

Discussing the Toledo Metroparks’ acquisition of the former Spuytan Duyval & Cottonwood Creek Golf Course properties on West Central Avenue, LaRae Sprow, natural resources supervisor at the Toledo area Metroparks, shared with the board how the park system was able to incorporate the 227-acre property into the already existing Secor Metropark. The combined property, totaling 837 acres, is now the third largest metropark. The acquisition of the property and its development was accomplished through the utilization of multiple grant and foundation funding opportunities, with a focus on habitat restoration, water quality improvement, stormwater retention, and increased park visitor engagement. The project, which put a specific emphasis on the floodplain restoration on the north side of Prairie Ditch, as well as expanding the wetlands on the property, began in April of 2021 and is slated for completion in December 2022. Continue reading Quality outdoor life essential for a strong community

SACIC helps launch Spacesicle

Gabe Ng of Spacebar plans to convert his downtown office at 5687 Main St. to Spacesicle, a coworking space, with help from the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corporation’s low-interest five-year loan program.

Ng’s request for a $10,000 loan was granted, allowing the renovations for the new use of his space to be completed. The two back offices have already been combined to create a lounge area complete with a kitchen,  a coffee and tea bar, adult beverage lockers, and coolers. A large television screen mounted to the wall allows those using the coworking space to work, relax and enjoy the space and even play video games and other Xbox activities. Continue reading SACIC helps launch Spacesicle

Two Southview graduates receive SACIC scholarships

Two Southview High School Class of 2022 graduates, Cheyney Nelson and Kaden Dusa, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships each to pursue education in public safety from the Sylvania Area Community Improvement Corp., according to Oliver Turner, Sylvania Township administrator and chair of the SACIC Scholarship Committee. Continue reading Two Southview graduates receive SACIC scholarships

SACIC aids YMCA/JCC kids’ program

Recently, the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo, 6465 Sylvania Ave., created a new activity called the Outdoor Adventure Program. Daily, one of the YMCA childcare sites brings a group of its school-age kids to the Sylvania YMCA/JCC campus to participate in a day of camp experiences, with a range of activities including art, STEM, archery, fishing and canoeing. Continue reading SACIC aids YMCA/JCC kids’ program