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The revival of Toledo's Warehouse District over recent
years has been fueled by commercial and residential investment, and new
safeguards are being sought for future development.
"It's been one business at a time," said Diane Keil-Hipp,
president of the Toledo Warehouse District Association (TWDA). "That makes it
sustainable and these businesses are thriving, so word is getting out."
The plan now is for city council to approve creating a
new review process for any proposed changes to buildings and public space within
the neighborhood. Forming an Urban Neighborhood Overlay district would include
provisions for an architectural review committee, having a demolition process
and parking lot standards.
"We're excited about it because it not only protects the
integrity of the neighborhood but it protects investment of current owners who
have done a great job in these buildings," Keil-Hipp said.
The focus is promoting future development in a
"One of our ultimate goals is to get a grocery store down
here," she said. "We continue to work on that, and now with more residents
coming in the future, that will be even more reason for a business to take a
chance down here."
Council will also consider establishing an overlay
district along the Cherry Street corridor. A vote is expected next month when
the new at-large council members are sworn in.
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