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Entertainment District proposed for downtown Toledo

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Empty buildings and store fronts downtown could soon have new life under a Community Entertainment District.

Nothing has been approved just yet, but many are excited about the idea of new growth.

"I'd welcome a new entertainment district," Adam Ramos, who lives in Bowling Green said

Ramos likes to take trips of I-75 to visit restaurants and attractions in downtown Toledo.

"We mainly hang around the ball park, but we love all the restaurants around here," he said.

Toledo City Council is working to make this happen.

If council zones the area for entertainment it will not only bring more business downtown, but it also makes things easier for business owners.

"They're able to get liquor licenses and other things because it's specifically zoned as entertainment," Council President, Paula Hicks-Hudson told 13abc.

The Glass City already has three different entertainment districts.

The most notable is round Fifth Third Field.

This new district would go down Summit Street to the river,  between Adams and Jackson, and along Michigan and Erie Streets.

"It's a synergy that allows for those establishments to feed off one another and it also provides a destination place for our citizens to go," Hicks-Hudson said.

The bonus is, it won't cost the city any money.

Toledo City Council still has to work out the details.

They could vote on the issue at its next meeting.

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