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Spitzer owner willing to pay up

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There may be movement on revitalizing an important corner in downtown Toledo.

The owner of the 117-year old Spitzer building appears ready to pay what he owes then do some work to get the building open again.

Friday, the city filed suit against owner Kory Ergur seeking payment for water and sewer bills.  But Ergur bumped into a county commissioner  and that could result in new life at the Spitzer and the Nicholas building, which Ergur also owns.

It all depends on the owner paying what he owes on the properties but Ergur was in Toledo, Thursday, and ran into county commissioner Pete Gerken (D).

Gerken told 13abc’s Bill Hormann, “(Ergur) happened to be in the lobby.  I (was, too);  somebody introduced me.  I said, We gotta talk.  You’ve got buildings in downtown Toledo and I want you to do something about them.”

They set a meeting for Friday and talked about Ergur’s financial obligations at both buildings.

Ironically, that morning, the city filed a lawsuit against Ergur for unpaid water and sewer charges but Gerken got Ergur’s commitment to pay that money.

Gerken said, “We did get his contact number.  On Tuesday morning, we’ll be sending him an invoice for the $64,000.”

Ergur owes that money to the city, Lucas County and the Lucas County Landbank.  But he also has a check ready for more than $300,000 to pay some foreclosure costs.

The Spitzer and Nicholas buildings are so important because they sit right on the corner of Toledo’s oldest intersection.   Downtown Toledo is making a comeback and these two buildings could be part of that.

But first, those payments must be made and then the buildings need to come up to code.

Toledo mayor D. Michael Collins (I) told us today,  “we will pursue the lawsuit and the ability to inspect the building for all code violations.”

That keeps the pressure on Ergur… but Gerken believes we’ve turned a corner, saying, “Deals take strange turns in life and sometimes a chance meeting in a lobby can be as effective as a courtroom action.”

Aside from whether Ergur will actually pay his bills… there is the question of whether the owner is willing and capable of redeveloping these two buildings.

Gerken says he may now have the owners attention and we’ll soon see what the owner wants to do.

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