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Norwalk springing to life

Scott Seitz2 • Apr 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

The city of Norwalk just might be turning the corner.

After a rough stretch during 2013, a recent series of positive business announcements have brought a bit of sunshine to the Maple City.

Mayor Rob Duncan told city council Tuesday he recently attended the state of the region address and felt good about Norwalk after hearing stories from other communities.

"We always have obstacles, but Norwalk is doing really well," the mayor said.

And the evidence is happening all over town.

Presently, the Wendy's restaurant on Milan Avenue has vanished, but that's a good thing.

The Royal Motel, right next door to Wendy's and recently sold for $380,000, also was demolished, as was a nearby house.

City officials said once Wendy's and the Royal Motel are completed razed, a new "super Wendy's" will be built at that same location.

The mayor said previously Wendy's will feature a brand-new building, expanded parking and better ingress and egress to the restaurant. It should be open by June, officials said.

Also on the horizon is a new Mexican restaurant planned for the fomer Sugarcreek Restaurant location on Cline Street.

The mayor said the hope is to have this restaurant open by May 5.

Stan Obrenovich, uptown businessman, said recently he hopes to have a new restaurant at 5 E. Main St. soon. Obrenovich said there are interested parties in the former Uptown Cafe location, but for now, he's focused on preparing the kitchen area.

Also, just recently, the Norwalk Patriot group purchased the former Commercial Vehicle Group property at 55 N. Garfield St.

There are a number of different options for that property, including renovating it into two to three sections for possibly different tenants.

City council recently approved job creation grant agreements for the Dan-Mar Company and BackOffice Associates.

The Dan-Mar Company is moving into the EPIC Technolgies facility, while BackOffice is expanding its Executive Drive location and adding jobs.

More good news surfaced when Ken Russ, co-owner of Legends contractors, announced that Bar 145 would be open by July in the former Bob Evans restaurant building on Milan Avenue.

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