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(Toledo News Now) -
For many years, it was the center of a dispute among Toledo, Maumee and Monclova Township. Now all three communities are discussing the expansion upon their tax-sharing agreement.
The city of Toledo, Maumee and Monclova Township are planning to expand their Joint Economic Development Zone, in which the three communities share income tax revenue generated by jobs located within that zone.
Land near Interstate 475/U.S. Route 23 along Technology Drive and Briarfield Boulevard, was once at the center of an annexation dispute. Now it's being developed and the communities in 2012 divided more than $980,000 in tax revenue.
"It caused a lot of tension between Monclova Township and the city, and Maumee and the city. Those have been worked out over the years, and we all benefit from the working relationships," said Toledo City Councilman Rob Ludeman.
The communities are looking at 18 acres of land near the I-475/Salisbury exit which wasn't needed to complete the project.
"There is a prospective purchaser for it who would develop it," explained Ludeman. "It's right next to Briarfield and right next to Arrowhead Park, so it's a very desirable piece of property," said John Jezak, Maumee city administrator.
Jezak says cooperation among the communities has helped keep the past in the past.
"In the last 20 years or so, those battles have been settled and put aside, and in its place has come a cooperative economic development agreement," said Jezak.
Next week, Toledo City Council will consider the measure to allow the mayor to amend the JEDZ pact by including the additional 18 acres of land in the development zone.