The talk Friday centered on Downtown Shelby during the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development’s second “Fri-Yay” presented on Facebook Live. These half hour noontime discussions focus providing insight into happenings and projects in the Richland County area.
Chamber CEO and President Jodie Perry introduced two members of the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), who shared details of a three phase downtown revitalization project taking place along Main Street over the next two to three years.
CIC representatives Jake Penwell and Cody Albert first reviewed where the CIC has been in recent years and the re-orienting that has led to the current effort. As an entity focused on collaboration between public and private sectors, the group now has three main focal points — serving as a catalyst for economic growth, rebuilding the core of the city pursuant to the Revitalization and Placemaking Plan, and solidifying its own organization . More…
It is apparent that the architect of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby took particular pride in this building.
After all, while the church was being built in the decade before the Great Depression, Toledo architect William R. Dowling actually moved his family to Shelby, living at 216 West Main Street for two to three years. More…
Another update is coming to 1812Blockhouse this week with the launch of our new, redesigned Shelby on 1812 page.
This change is the third in the last three weeks. On December 28, our new enewsletter, Richland Roast, reached local inboxes for the first time. In addition to the latest news from all area media in one place, Richland Roast routinely features links to videos, interesting house listings, online tours of Richland County places, and much more — all for free! You can easily subscribe through the link below. More…
The City of Shelby and the Richland County Commissioners are applying for a new Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Grant. As part of the application, an environmental review must be submitted. The public is invited to review the document and make any appropriate comments.
Please send comments to Joe Gies, City Project Coordinator at 419-342-3600 or [email protected] . Comments will be accepted until December 18.
The 128 page environmental review can be read at this link:
Source: City of Shelby
The City of Shelby is proposing to make improvements on Main Street from Mansfield Avenue/Broadway to Gamble Street and is seeking public comments about the project.
Improvements include new curbing, crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, lighting, storm sewer, street trees, and furniture. The construction will be funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
No right of way will be purchased with the project. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained with detours at times. The City will work with the contractor and local businesses to ensure closures to entrances for sidewalk pours, etc. are limited to non-business hours. More…
SCHD has new cases , SCHD has 82 positive for COVID-19, 76 have recovered, currently monitoring 5 which are self-isolating in home quarantine. currently 0 hospitalizations. 1 death documented in the City of Shelby. Please observe all COVID-19 protocols.
— Shelby City Health D (@ShelbyHealth) October 26, 2020
Shelby City Schools announced exciting news earlier this week.
Site work has started on the new PreK-8 school building, which is being constructed on a ten acre site behind the Middle School.
The building was designed by Garmann Miller Architects of Minster, Ohio. The firm has been hired by school districts in Liberty Center, New Bremen, Dublin, Greenville, and other Ohio communities to design similar structures. More…
Shelby, a community with a real sense of shared heritage, came together on a beautiful Friday morning to mark a milestone in preserving that history that took place 38 years ago.
Local government leaders and guests joined to dedicate a historic marker that commemorates placement of much of the downtown area on the National Register of Historic Places. This took place in 1982, Shelby Historic Preservation Commission Christina Drain told those assembled, however this is the first time that achievement has been publicly recognized. More…
Did you know that one of the oldest continually operated firehouses in the country is right here in Richland County?
The 1872 Historic Engine House on Main Street in downtown Shelby is a survivor. The second oldest of its kind in Ohio, it anchors one corner of the Shelby Center Historic District, which itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As the Independent News shared in July, 1872, Shelby City Council purchased “…one of Button’s first class Hand Fire Engines, two Hose Carts, and one thousand feet of Hose” to outfit the building and fire department. The advertisement for contractors later that year called for a brick building 30 by 45 feet in size with a tin roof. The fire engine cost $1,700, the building itself cost $4,000, and the entire expense came in at $10,000. More…
As July winds down, thoughts to turn to August and the start of school.
What “school” looks like this particular year, however, is not only still being decided in Richland County school districts, but it is very likely that not all districts will be educating students in the same ways.
One district that is currently reaching out to parents is Shelby City Schools. More…
Many Ohio communities are facing difficulties over the last few weeks caused by an unseen agent.
No, we’re not talking about COVID-19. We’re talking about heat. It’s been an unusually warm and humid summer in Richland County, and air conditioners, fans, and other cooling devices have been running at full tilt.
Excessive use can lead to difficulties for energy companies. For municipal electric systems, like those in Shelby and Galion, they can have ramifications not only on systems, but on the cost of power itself. More…
Just think — sometime a couple of years from now, a Shelby resident can stream their favorite movie through their own municipality’s broadband network.
As part of its effort to assess the opportunities for high speed interest service for the entire community, the City of Shelby is currently taking steps to determine what citizens think of the idea.
To that end, the City has authorized an online survey to help determine if a municipal broadband utility would work. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse; Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby
Shelby Bicycle Days is an integral part of the summer event season not only in northern Richland County, but in the entire area. This year, organizers faced the daunting realization that hosting a healthy festival, one that emphasized safe family fun, required that some changes be made.
The result is a different look version of Bicycle Days.
As shared by event organizations, the festival will include: More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
Consistent with the experience of other local communities, the City of Shelby is finding out that the COVID-19 hit on city finances is not as bad as first suspected.
In fact, when Shelby City Council’s Finance Committee met on Monday, the financial news was rather positive as Director of Finance Brian Crum led members through spreadsheets delineating fund balances, income, and expenditures.
The following were among highlights shared: More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
It’s getting to be quite the trend in Richland County, as local governments update their web presence in an effort to keep citizens informed and potential investors impressed.
This past week, we shared news of the City of Ontario’s brand-new website which presents their community in a new way.
Not to be outdone, the City of Shelby is the latest municipality in the area to activate a new website. In this case, however, they launched three new ones — for the City of Shelby, the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and the Shelby City Health Department. More…