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Union still has interest in Marina District property

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It has been nearly three years since Dashing Pacific bought 69 acres of land along the Maumee River and still no development.

Toledo has sold property out in Monclova Township.

Promedica is moving down to Promenade Park.

There’s even development around Southwcyk.

But the Marina District still sits undeveloped.

There is activity on the east side of the river.  Last week, the National Museum of the Great Lakes opened and the old Acme plant was torn down.

But at the Marina District…  nothing…

“There’s huge investment in that.”

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins (I) can see the Marina District from his office.  He met with the Chinese owners within two weeks of taking office but that was his last contact.

Now, the mayor says he’s hoping Dashing Pacific comes up with a plan, soon.

“At this point and time, I don’t see that I have any other options other than to leave the door open and welcome the opportunity to work with them,” Collins told 13abc’s Bill Hormann.

“There is a world of opportunity on that side of the river.”

The lack of activity at the site frustrates Councilman Mike Craig (D).

He says, in July 2016, Toledo could buy back some of the property even if Dashing Pacific has already started building on it.

Craig says, “I don’t think there’s any way they can develop the while 68 acres in the next 2-years.”

If the City of Toledo ends up taking back control of this property, it would not have to wait long finding a group willing to develop this site.  There’s a local group that’s very interested in building at the site.

The Building Trades union has an office on the site and even offered Toledo $1 more than Dashing Pacific paid back in 2011 for the property.

Shaun Enright, the president of the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trade Union says, “I do feel strongly if we would have purchased it, we could have developed it.”

But Mayor Mike Bell chose the Chinese; now the union says it could get back in the game if the Chinese cannot develop the property.

Enright says, “The last time we talked, which was a while ago, (there was some) interest I guess you could call it there.”

A local spokesman for Dashing Pacific tells 13abc Mrs. Yuan, the owner of the Chinese firm, will fly to Toledo in May to discuss her ideas on moving forward at the Marina District property. 

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