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Blight and Fire Station 3

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It may not open for a few more weeks, but fire station 3 on Bush Avenue is renovated and ready to serve the neighborhood.

All the controversy over whether to fix up this building... and the cost over runs to do that... are behind us now.

The near century old building... has a new look... but the same purpose.

Fire Chief Luis Santiago says this is an important building.  "It's an anchor; this is a very proud section of Toledo," he said after Monday's opening ceremony.

And that pride could spread.  By refurbishing and updating the building, the corner is brightened.

Cindy Chamblee lives in the neighborhood and hopes more development will occur, saying, "Hopefully, it will work everybody up to a better neighborhood."

The neighborhood needs some work.  Houses are in obvious need of repair, streets are dirty, grass is weedy and uncut.

Councilman Jack Ford (D) says this renovated station is an institution in this neighborhood, again.

Ford is concerned about blight in Toledo.   He says cutting grass takes a little elbow grease but fixing buildings takes money.

Says Ford, "I know you can find money if you have to."

Council found the money for the fire station but there are other spots in town that could use a pick-me-up.

For instance, Monroe and Auburn needs help.  Once beautiful buildings are now dead weight around the neighborhood.

But a little sprucing up money could go a long way.

Councilman Tyrone Riley (D) says, "There's some buildings that could be saved and renovated and they could be good for economic development."

Which brings us back to fire station three.  It sat as an eyesore for years but now it looks like it could be good for reviving a neighborhood.


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