TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – The Toledo City Council urged Governor Kasich to help fill the 93 acre hole Raceway Park will leave in the city Tuesday night.
The horse track, located at Alexis and Telegraph Road has hosted live horse racing for 50 years. Penn National Gaming, who is building the new Hollywood Casino, owns Raceway Park, and does not want the two establishments to compete with each other. They will be moving the track to Dayton.
The park is located across from the vacant Northtowne Mall, which has struggled to get attention from investors.
Area residents have their own ideas for what should replace the track.
"But I think it would be nice to do something for a family affair. You know, for kids to do something, because there are so many kids around here, young people. We need more family activities for the whole family to get involved." said Paula Stubblefield, who works near the park.
On Tuesday, the Toledo City Council unanimously passed a resolution urging Governor Kasich and state lawmakers to provide resources to redevelop the site. The state expects to collect a $75 million relocation fee from Penn National Gaming.
"And we need the Kasich administration's attention on this matter. They cannot ignore the city of Toledo. They have brokered a deal on the backs of the citizens of North Toledo and they need to do right by our community." City Council member Lindsay Webb said.
Penn National will still own the site once Raceway Park moves, and the Bell administration has been in talks with the company on options for redevelopment.
The mayor's office says the park's location is ideal for an auto parts manufacturer.
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