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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
"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
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.