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Clarion razing could call developers to Toledo

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The Clairon Hotel sits along Reynolds Road near the old Southwyck mall site.  Mayor D. Michael Collins (I) wants to knock it down because he believes it will inspire more development in the corridor that many consider the keystone to Toledo's economy.

The hotel's spot is prime real estate but it is not in prime condition.

Windows are broken, boards are up and it's stripped of anything valuable.

Tearing down the Clarion Hotel in South Toledo could be a call to developers to move on Southwyck property.

Tearing down the Clarion Hotel in South Toledo could be a call to developers to move on Southwyck property.

Mayor Collins told 13abc's Bill Hormann, "Blight creates the unattractiveness that prohibits development."

Collins says destroying the blight this hotel represents will encourage a new *Home Garden* store to invest $3-million and move into the former k-mart space just behind the hotel.

The State of Ohio controls the deed and would sign ownership over to Toledo.  The city would then use about $800,000 in grant money to tear down the building.

"Our goal is to take it down and have no (Toledo) money spent," Collins says.

The ultimate goal is to revitalize the Reynolds Road corridor.

There are signs of life; The True-North gas station has made upgrades and the BP station at Heatherdowns and Reynolds is about to be rebuilt.

The McDonald's made renovations, the Maumee Valley Country Day school is building a new dorm…

And the Genesis Senior Village converted an old hotel into apartments.

Councilman Rob Ludeman (R) who lives in this South Toledo district says the Clarion could be key to redevelopment at the old Southwyck Mall site just two blocks away.

"Clarion down, K-Mart turns into a thriving new entity, it's moving toward Southwyck and that'll signal new development and new responsible people to buy that property," Ludeman contends.

And Southwyck is the ultimate target.

Getting rid of blight and encouraging investment along Reynolds Road, could make Southwyck more attractive.

But Mayor Collins is being coy about talks to get this site developed, only saying, "There are discussion on the future of Southwyck and they have been on-going for the last few weeks."

A source tells 13abc two developers may be interested in the Southwyck site.

Taking down the Clairon Hotel would create 5-acres of buildable land worth about $200,000.

City Council votes next Tuesday on whether to take the property from the state.

Mayor Collins says this area is more important than the Marina District, and right now, it has more activity.

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