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City receives grant for redevelopment near Overland Park

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo is receiving a $200,000 grant from the U.S. EPA to put together a brownfields redevelopment plan for vacant industrial and commercial land located just east of the Overland Industrial Park.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is in full gear redeveloping the former Jeep Parkway site, and the city will be working with community partners to improve the neighborhood nearby.

Sue Beach has lived along Glenwood Avenue for the past 40 years, and she says the city needs to continue tearing down vacant houses in the area. Her belief is by improving the quality of life for current home owners, the neighborhood will become more attractive for new business development.

"It would improve our value of our houses, because our houses are [worth] nothing, you couldn't give them away," she said.

Janet Johnson also believes improving the living conditions in her neighborhood would help improve the business climate.

"I think we can fit a few more homes on our street to improve our street and the neighborhood, maybe a youth center as well," she said.

With the city getting money toward developing a plan, neighbors are waiting for results.

"We've heard talk before plenty of times, and still we haven't seen no progress," said Johnson.

"You can talk until you're blue in the face but if you don't do nothing about it, what good is it," Beach added.   

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