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On Thursday, the Toledo Planning Commission approved a request for a special use permit being issued, to allow for a baseball complex being built on an 11-acre site along the 4200 block of Suder Avenue in Point Place.
The site is owned by Washington Local Schools, which has a lease agreement with the Trilby Youth Sports Foundation. The group is raising money to build three baseball diamonds at the location, along with an area for parking.
Some neighbors opposed to the plan showed up to the commission meeting, expressing concerns about the facility attracting criminal activity when it's now being used.
"Why in the world would you put ball diamonds in the middle of a neighborhood? Right in the center of a neighborhood surrounded by homes. I just don't understand the logic of it," said William Tolles, who lives along Suder.
The group says they've been working hard to address concerns raised by neighbors.
"We want something we can get our kids on that's safer to be on, play in a facility that we can help manage," said Dave Bick with the Trilby Youth Sports Foundation.
Toledo City Council also has to approve the request before the plan can move forward. Council will hold a committee meeting on the issue in March.