Gateway ribbon-cutting event to open doors to Toledo community

September 5, 2012 | Events, UToday
By Samantha Watson

For years, The University of Toledo, and its community partners have envisioned an elegant addition to Main Campus.

Keith Thompson, an engineering student majoring in computer science, stopped by Barnes & Noble last week to study.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, the first phase of this shared vision will be celebrated with the dedication of Gateway, a student- and community-centered development at the corner of Dorr Street and Secor Road that features restaurants, retail stores and modern apartments.

“The new development is located in a prime location, offering an enjoyable and exciting experience,” said Matt Schroeder, vice president for real estate and business development. “It is always rewarding to see your dreams become reality. This was a vision that many shared, and we all worked collaboratively to make it happen.

“Gateway is a place to dine, shop, and offers a unique side of living and working by being part of the collegiate atmosphere. It’s an accomplishment that we are very proud of and that we know will benefit not only The University of Toledo, but the city of Toledo as a whole.”

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., with a welcome from The University of Toledo Foundation Chair Hussien Shousher.

Remarks also will be made by UT President Lloyd Jacobs and UT Student Government President Paulette Bongratz.

Shousher, Jacobs and Bongratz will cut the ribbon, and music will be provided at the event by the UT Pep Band.

The Gateway project features a variety of businesses: Yogurt U, Rice Blvd., Gradkowski’s Sports Grille, Wireless Zone, Great Clips, Jimmy John’s, Starbucks and Barnes & Noble bookstore, along with 48 loft-style apartments available for rent.

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