All About Richland

Units Now Leasing For New Housing Development Off Of Straub Road

3 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff and Redwood Living, Inc.

A housing developer has announced pre-leasing opportunities for 84 housing units on a 25.89 acre Mansfield site.

Redwood Living, Inc. (Redwood) is constructing the new residences which will range from 1,294 to 1,620 square feet in size. In order to prepare the site, Redwood had to mitigate the impact of depositing clean fill material into wetlands and two streams. This was accomplished through an in-lieu fee mitigation where the developer purchased wetland credits which, in turn, will be used to benefit other natural areas. More…

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Shelby

City Of Shelby Has A New Online Look: In Fact, Three Of Them

2 Jun , 2020  

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…

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History & Tourism

June Will Be Just Fine In Richland County

1 Jun , 2020  

By: Destination Mansfield – Richland County; 1812Blockhouse Staff

Across Richland County, there is a yearning for places that make life seem normal to reopen, combined with a realization that as they do so, they will be taking steps to safeguard the health of visitors and patrons.

With this in mind, our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County have  put together a post of monthly event highlights, the first in some time. We are happy to share this list of June events with you:

Now that Ohio has started to open, both virtual and in-person events are now returning to our calendar. Many of our member businesses have had to close their doors during the quarantine, but we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they reopen their doors to the public. More…

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All About Richland

A Peaceful Protest

31 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

“There is majesty in all of us,” one speaker declared.

Expressions of anger, love, frustration, and hope filled the air in Central Park in downtown Mansfield on Saturday morning as hundreds gathered for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest which was both similar and different than events nationwide.

The event was like others in many of the emotions and feelings shared by speakers and written on placards. It was unlike some in that it was designed to be, and stayed, a peaceful expression of those sentiments. More…

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Ontario

Ontario Unveils New Website

30 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

This spring, one Richland County community has given itself an opportunity for a new, spruced up impression for those seeking information online about what it has to offer.

The City of Ontario has dispensed with its former cramped, difficult to navigate website and replaced it with something much more up to date.

The new site’s home page contains a rotating gallery of bright, colorful images. Easy to read tabs provide access to learn about local government, businesses, events, and more. More…

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All About Richland

The Birth Of A New Food Economy?

29 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Some weeks ago, we shared a post about the new biography of author and conservationist Louis Bromfield. In that piece, which can be read here, we referenced the recent blog post by Stephen Heyman, writer of the Bromfield book, focusing on “Victory Gardens” and the potential for home gardening to regain a position of popularity across the country.

Today, we shared with you a recently-published article that carries forward the same theme, albeit on a larger scale. Could the current pandemic actually represent the birth of a new food economy?

By Stephanie Hiller, Yes!

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the future of the Cannard Family Farm—whose organic vegetables supplied a single Berkeley restaurant—was looking stark. More…

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All About Richland

Renaissance To Offer New QuaRENtine Classroom Sessions

28 May , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will offer an additional series of its QuaRENtine Classroom sessions, beginning the week of June 8th. The new classes will be a “mini-series” of offerings, with participants meeting twice a week for two weeks. This will allow families the opportunity to either try out a class, or to work around other summer activities.

The Ren’s QuaRENtine Classroom, and Education Initiative, has offered a variety of educational activities designed with creativity in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” in April. Based upon the popularity of it’s first series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department chose to continue with new sessions. More…

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History & Tourism

Clean Is The New Green

27 May , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Everyone used to talk about their “green” initiatives. Now we’re all talking about our “clean” initiatives. As the tourism industry opens, one segment at a time, our museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, and recreation options are armed with robust cleaning procedures and are getting ready for visitors and locals alike.

The Destination Mansfield-Richland County staff spent March and April reaching out to a large sample of members to hear how they plan to keep visitors safe. We asked about new cleanliness routines and learned how many of our members will be changing how they do business. Our local businesses are pioneers in this new environment, and they have stepped up to the plate to meet these challenges and build consumer confidence in our tourism product. More…

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All About Richland

Mansfield In A Single Photo

26 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

If you had to choose one photo that would represent the place that is Mansfield, Ohio, what image would you choose?

The Ohio State Reformatory? A view of downtown? The Richland Carrousel?

Or our favorite — the Blockhouse in South Park? More…

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History & Tourism

Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

25 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Mansfield was a bustling place in 1896, with a population of approximately 17,000. On Saturday, May 30, the community came together to celebrate Memorial Day.

First known nationally as “Decoration Day,” the term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. More…

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All About Richland

Little Buckeye Wins Ohio Museums Award For Imagination District

24 May , 2020  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum was recently announced the winner of the Ohio Museums Association (OMA) 2019 Institutional Award of Achievement for Best Community Project for the “Imagination District.”

The OMA Awards program is an annual celebration of the outstanding achievement of Ohio museums in visual communications, individual and institutional achievement, and the tireless work museum professionals undertake to help advance Ohio’s museum community both locally, and on a national level. Winners will be recognized during the Annual OMA Awards Program Ceremony, which will take place Sunday, June 21 at 7 p.m., as the kick-off event for the 2020 Ohio Museums Association Virtual Conference. More…

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All About Richland

Nine Million Dollar Shelby Housing Project Receives State Tax Credits

23 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Housing Finance Agency

Earlier this week, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) announced recipients for the 2020 Housing Tax Credit Program awards.

In total, 37 developments throughout the state will create or preserve 2,002 apartment for families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. The projects were awarded $31 million in 10-year federal housing tax credits.

Of that amount, $800,000 in credits will be coming to Richland County. More…

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History & Tourism

Look What’s Coming To Kingwood

22 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

A brand-new post on the Kingwood Capital Campaign Blog of Kingwood Center Gardens, posted on Thursday, not only shares good news but also proudly displays proof of those tidings.

The news is that construction crews have returned to work on the new Garden Gateway. Not only have workers returned, albeit under restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the green stuff has been arriving as well.

This is Kingwood, after all. The beautiful visitors and education center will be set in horticultural beauty and will include a stunning new fountain. More…

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All About Richland

Love Local For Father’s Day

21 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

You’ve likely heard of “shop local.” Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) invites you to extend that idea to “love local” as well.

Mansfield’s downtown revitalization organzation had great success on Mother’s Day, so they are now offering Love Local Father’s Day Gift Boxes as well.

DMI shares, “ We have teamed up a different set of 10 downtown merchants to bring together the best of downtown, dad style. Whether you purchase the gift boxes for your dad, your son, your brother, or yourself, it’s a great way to enjoy downtown and support our community of business owners. More…

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