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Warehouse district drawing a crowd

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The Warehouse District... is one of the fastest growing areas of the city.

Tuesday, the local association that has been active recruiting dollars, investors and businesses to the area took advantage of May as Preservation Month to show-off what has happened downtown.
 
"I had to open up as quick as possible."


Sometimes you just have to seize an opportunity.

Audrey Ackerman started a flower shop back in November ; the only one  in the warehouse district.

She says she "kind of just fell in love with the area, saw it's potential and thought, why not?"

Shops are popping up all over the Warehouse District.

60-businesses in 15 years...

"We've really done a good job in the warehouse district of preserving our history and our heritage."

The Toledo Warehouse District Association held a press conference to talk about the importance of rebuilding this area of town.

Many of these buildings are more than 120 years old and are unique and special.

Paul Sullivan is an architect with an office on Saint Clair.  He says what you find in these buildings is special.

Sullivan says, "The materials are materials you will never replicate, will never be again."

You could say they don't build them like they used to and that's true.

But slowly, investors have taken a chance and renovated 40-buildings, spending time and money and using history as a map to the future.

Diane Keil-Hipp, the president of the Toledo Warehouse District Association says, "It's incremental improvement that I think lead to lasting change."

The Mud Hens move downtown sparked a rally in the area.

And soon, a new Hensville complex will likely be another catalyst it in the Warehouse District.

Joe Napoli, the general manager of the Mud Hens says the team knew it needed to move downtown, saying, "Your community's going to be measured by the vitality of your downtown."

And at theappropriatelyy named Downtown Latte...

Residents are literally buying in...

Living here and now running businesses down here.

Ron Novak bought the business 4-years ago and says, "We thought it was very important to the community that this remain here."

20 years ago, 7-people lived in the Warehouse District; today, that number is 700.

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