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Clarion slowly coming down as "At Home" opens next door

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The city of Toledo has big plans for the Reynolds Road corridor, and it's shelling out big bucks.

Just last week, the city agreed to buy the site of the former Southwyck mall for $3M. That's if it can land a developer within 120 days.

The designs call for a corporate headquarters.

Southwyck closed in 2008. So did the Clarion hotel next door.
The K-Mart next to that also pulled out, but today there's a welcome sign for some: A "now open" sign.

It's on the front of the former K-Mart, showing off its new occupant, an At Home store.

Most would agree, any business is better than an empty building.

At the nearby Goodyear tire shop, the manager says more foot traffic should bring in some tire customers.

"Oh, i think it's fantastic," said Alex Price, manager at Goodyear. "We're looking forward to seeing the customers, the people that come in, and we're really hoping it's going to bring more business to the area."
No one would argue the fact that the dilapidated Clarion building is not doing anyone any favors.

The city of Toledo announced a beginning to demolition three weeks ago, agreeing to pay $400,000 to tear down the building, but you may not notice much movement on the outside.

A spokesperson for the city tells 13abc:
"They are doing  prep work, we said at the time it would take about 12 weeks from start to finish. There is asbestos removal and other things that have to be done before the physical demolition of the building begins."

So while this shell of a former hotel remains an eyesore, with its broken windows and overgrown weeds, the city maintains it will be leveled by mid-October.

A spokesperson for the At Home store tells 13abc the store is open, but there will be an official ribbon cutting Thursday, August 7th.


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