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Decision this week for future of Woodville Mall

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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

City officials in Northwood call the vacant Woodville Mall an eyesore and a nuisance to the community. They're hoping a court ruling this week will agree with them so they can move forward with bringing change to the location.

It's been almost two years since the mall closed. All that's left is a Sears store, cracked cement, and weeds growing out of the pavement. Officials say that is not how they want Northwood represented.

"Either we're asking that they rehab it, or that they tear it down," said City Administrator Bob Anderson.

The windows are boarded up, but that's not stopping people from breaking into the building.

"There's holes in the roof, there's water leaking in," Anderson said. "There is a lot of water damage inside. There is a lot of destruction from people, vandals that have gotten in there, so it's in pretty bad shape."

A court hearing is scheduled Thursday with the property owner. The city will know then what can be done. Some residents say the property is in such bad shape, they just want to see it torn down.

"I'd like to see it gone, first of all. Maybe some housing, maybe a park," said Stephanie Moore. "Woodville is nothing like Navarre now. Navarre is developing and Woodville is going down. This used to be like Navarre and Route 20, and now it's gone."

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