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New signs are pointing to some old buildings coming back
to life in downtown Toledo, especially at the corner of Jefferson and Ontario.
Built in 1890 and vacant since the 1970's, the Pythian
Castle building has been acquired by the Lucas County Land Bank, which is
teaming up with Louisville Title to secure a developer to renovate the
"If it is not developed within two years for whatever
reason, the land bank will continue to own that property to make sure it
doesn't fall into the hands of a speculator," said Lucas County Treasurer Wade
Earlier this year the land bank completed a deal for a
local business to begin renovations at the former Caesar's Showbar.
Bill Thomas, Executive Director of the Downtown Toledo
Improvement District, says the future looks bright at that intersection.
"If you look at the Pythian Castle and what it could
become in way of residential and commercial space, and you combine that with
the activity here at the old Caesar's Showbar across the street, you got a couple
of buildings and all of a sudden you have some great energy here."
When you also consider a developer is in the process of
converting the historic Berdan building into new residential space, Thomas says
this should help attract even more private investment into the heart of the
"That'll be around 120 residential units, we have the
demand, the 120 won't even satisfy the demand that's out there. We need more
He says boosting the number of people living downtown
will help the bars and restaurants and encourage new retail investment.