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Port Authority moves forward with Overland Industrial Park plans

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A map showing proposed access to the parkway from I-75. A map showing proposed access to the parkway from I-75.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (TLCPA) is moving forward with the next phase of the project to convert the former Toledo Jeep Parkway site into the Overland Industrial Park for new employment opportunities.

The port is now advertising for bids for the construction of a 1,500-foot roadway and extending utility lines into the property from Central Avenue. The roadway will serve as the main entrance until ODOT completes phase two of the I-75 interchange project.

Once the upcoming work is done, a spec building will go up to attract companies there, and the rest of the site will be considered to be ‘shovel ready' for new development.

Matt Sapara said the TLCPA has been focused on turning around the 111-acre property, which provided job opportunities to generations of auto workers.

"This has been the number one goal since the Port Authority acquired the property in 2010," Sapara said. "By the end of the summer we will have that road in. We'll be onto our spec building, no doubt about it."

Sapara is confident new employers will be locating there because of the property's rail service and close proximity to the interstate highway system.

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