Collapsed church becomes campaign issue

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The 125 year old Calvary Bible Assembly Church that had lived on Fourth Street on the east side but it was torn down last week. The building was crumbling.

Neighbors say they called city hall 12 times over two years to see if Toledo would do something.

Neighbor Ron Meadows says, "If they could have put a rooft on it, might have saved the building."

John Truby, lives across the street from the church site and says he was told "the famous last works of the mayor, we'll get back to you. To this day, I haven't heard anything."

The feeling on the street is the mayor didn't care.

Tuesday, mayoral challenger Wade Kapszukiewicz made the church collapse a campaign issue.

He says leadership ignored the problem.

Kapszukiewicz says, "(Neighbors) say they called 12 times. The city's response was, no they didn't, they called 10 times. I don't know why that should make us feel any better."

The city says a demolition order went up for bid October 3rd, necessary when you're dealing with tax dollars. Then a wind storm pushed the issue.

Paul Rasmusson is the director of the Department of Public Service, he says, "A storm rolled through, weakened the structure bringing the collapse."

Rasmusson also said, the city's Department of Neighborhoods came out in July, 2016.

Inspectors made 9-trips to the site.

And the church was boarded up and cleaned out.

But there's only so much the city can do with private property.

Rasmusson added, "We don't own the property. We really don't have many rights until it becomes an unsound piece of property."

But Kapszukiewicz says, "This is another example where years after delay and stalling was action finally taken and this was utterly too late."



 
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