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City seeks control of land near old Jeep plant

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An eyesore of a building at 946 W. Central Ave, near the old jeep plant, is about to come down.

The old WH Management building has been there for 100-years.  Knocking down the old building will create more space around the Overland Industrial Park and could clear the way for development by the end of the year.

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority may get control of a property adjacent to the Overland Industrial Park that could help in marketing the property.

The site once had a proud history as part of the jeep complex, but for the last couple decades, the city says the out-of-town owners have neglected the property.

Matt Sapara, the Director of Business Development for the City of Toledo says the owners, "are not paying the taxes, they're not keeping those buildings up and they're falling into a state of disrepair."

Actually, the city calls the property "a vacant, unproductive, tax delinquent brownfield," and Toledo wants to get control of the property.

The 5-acre parcel borders the 70-acres the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is marketing at the old jeep plant site.

The city wants to spend about $10,000 getting control of the property at a Sheriff's auction in March, then letting the Port Authority get it ready for development.

Paul Toth, the President and CEO at the the Port Authority says, "We want a first class facility out there and when you've got a dilapidated building at the entrance, obviously, I think it's important to get that cleaned up and add to the value of the site."

It will take about $450,000 to knock down the building and clean up the land.  The Port Authority would pay for that then try to market the site for as a warehouse space or for industrial development.

But the effort here is to start the process of pushing out-of-town owners aside and using their neglected property to create jobs.

Sapara says, "We think we offer a solution to that property that's been an eyesore for decades."

Construction of a 100,000 square foot spec building and the new Airgas facility will begin when the weather warms.

Demolition and clean up of the 5-acre site should be done by the end of the year.

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