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Businesses, people flock to Toledo's warehouse district

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's a project two decades in the making. Toledo's warehouse district has been growing with new businesses and places to live, generating tax revenue for the city and new options for people.

The warehouse district has begun revitalization over the past 20 years, with new apartments, restaurants and shops coming to the area.

"Just the options that we have to actually stay downtown just walk over and grab something to eat, coming down on the weekends, things like that," said Ryan McAlees, who lives downtown.

The warehouse district has welcomed 60 new businesses and 700 residents in since 2000. The Toledo Warehouse District Association says there were only 7 people living in the area in 2007.

Businesses in the district generate $12.2 million in annual payroll. The expansion hasn't stopped yet, though.

"We are taking a look at three buildings that have been vacant for about three years, and we are also looking at a parking lot that the Mud Hens also own and turning that into a park," said Toledo Mud Hens President Joe Napoli.

"The Berdan building has previously been announced as a new apartment building complex that will have over a hundred apartment units, and then we are always looking at opportunities elsewhere in the district," said Toledo Warehouse District Association President Diane Kiel-Hippe.

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