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Downtown Toledo could become more residential with grocery store

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Usually when people think of downtown Toledo, they don't think residential. But, that's exactly what much of it is turning into. Now a grocery story could be moving in as well. A lot of people want to see the Erie Street Market redeveloped, repaired, and revitalized. It will be expensive so the Toledo city council was asked Tuesday to approve $150,000 in repairs.

The Collins administration says there are major roof leaks at the former restaurant at Erie Street Market, and at the civic auditorium. There are other minor leaks, and a heating and cooling system was installed years ago and is also not working properly.

"Having the building ready for tenants is wise at this time. Because I think if we have ever had an opportunity of realizing some of the hopes for the Erie Street Market, this is probably the right time," said Sandy Spang, Toledo City Council.

The building only houses the Libbey Glass Factory outlet store currently. The Warehouse District Association says the improvements are crucial to attracting new businesses.

"That has been one of the big holdups, is they are saying there's a lot of work to be done there. And there is. So this is the first step to getting that done," said Kate Kelley, Warehouse District Association.

One potential new business is a Lucky's Market. This is a grocery outlet based in Colorado, with a store in Columbus. Lucky's could make a decision next week if they will open at the Erie Street Market.

Downtown Toledo resident Jon Spencer drives 20 minutes to do his grocery shopping. He loves the idea of the first full-service downtown grocer.

"I think it will be fantastic. I know quite a few people besides myself that live downtown and everybody is aching for it," said Spencer.

The Warehouse District Association says a grocery store will also attract customers from uptown, the Old West End, and the south end.

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