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The future of a historic building in downtown Toledo
remains uncertain while tenants at the Spitzer Building are hoping to stay put.
A sheriff sale was held on Thursday, but there were no
The century-old building at Madison and Huron was bought
by a California businessman in 2009, but Koray Ergur has been cited for not
keeping the building up to code, and he owes nearly $200,000 in property taxes.
Even though tenants don't have around-the-clock access to
the building because it has failed a fire alarm inspection, Scott Ciolek says
he plans to keep his law office and coffee shop there, and he's confident
something positive is on the horizon.
"Because it's so old, that means it's good," he said. "It's
one of the oldest buildings in downtown. It's the oldest steel structure in
downtown, it's fantastic for a law office."
Another sheriff sale will be held in two weeks, and if a
buyer can't be found, Lucas County will likely get involved through the land
bank program, to try to secure a future for the Spitzer Building.