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City moves forward with plan to demolish old Clarion Hotel

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Toledo City Council is moving forward with a plan to demolish the old Clarion hotel on Reynolds Road.

Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to acquire the property in South Toledo from the state and facilitate the site's redevelopment.

According to the acquisition legislation, "no monetary compensation will be exchanged."  The legislation describes the old hotel site 2340 South Reynolds Road as "a vacant, unproductive and tax delinquent brownfield site in the process of being acquired by the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation."

The boarded up property has been abandoned for years. The windows are broken and it's stripped of anything valuable.

Mayor Mike Collins says a new business is interested in moving into the former K-Mart building next door, but only if the former hotel is gone.

Collins says destroying the blight the hotel represents will encourage a new "Home Garden" store to invest three million dollars and move into the space behind the hotel.

Demolition would cost the city around $800,000. 

 "I think this beginning means there's going to be a new energy going into that area," says Collins. "I think it's going to be able to bring the energy necessary to unravel the problems at Southwyck."

Collins says he wants to see the old hotel come down by the beginning of June.

 

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