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Northtowne Mall awaits demolition

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One of the prime pieces of real estate spots in Toledo still sits undeveloped, and we're not talking about Southwyck. There is concern the Northtowne Mall site could face the same fate.

Drive up to the Northtowne Mall and you still see a huge concrete eyesore rising from the ground.

It's fenced off but the building still stands.  It was supposed to be torn down by now.

The delay occurred because Toledo lost out on a $1.5 million state grant that would have helped with demolition.

Joel Mazur, the city's Brownfield Redevelopment Officer told 13abc reporter Bill Hormann, "We had to come up with new ways to find the funding to tear the building down."

Now, one of the prime pieces of property in north Toledo is not clear for development.

The main problem with the delays of a project like this is Toledo hoped to market the 69 acre piece of property to auto suppliers to locate near the Chrysler plant once it expands.

Those are now months lost where developers could not invest in a property like this.

Mazur insists the Northtowne building will come down. "It's frustrating to have delays but we're optimistic the building is going to come down and it's going to come down very soon."

Grogan's Towne car dealership sits next to Northtowne.  The owner is anxious to see the building torn down and the property developed.

But even if the building is torn down there's not enough money to take out the curbs... or the asphalt... or the concrete light stands... which creates a new concern, for Denny Amrhein at Grogan's.  He told 13abc, "I'm not real happy that it's going to go away unless they put something in there because I sure don't want it to look anything like Southwyck mall does, at this point."

The Southwyck property is bare but still a blight.  The concern is the same could happen at Northtowne.    

Demolition at Northtowne should begin the first of the year and take until March to complete.

Toledo is still trying to market the property.

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