Behind the scenes at new downtown Toledo entertainment district

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - It's a project that's helping transform downtown Toledo and it's right on track to open this spring. 13abc has been following the progress at Hensville from the very start.

It may be hard to believe when you see all the snow on the field, but opening day for the Toledo Mud Hens is less than two months away and so is the grand opening of Hensville.

Hensville is a multi-million dollar entertainment district. Crews are working 7 days a week to get it finished. It will include a restaurant, office space, a park and roof top decks.

Frank Kristie is the Director of Sales,"Thursday, April 7th is the grand opening for Hensville and opening day for the Mud Hens. It's the start of spring as we like to call it around here."

And all the final pieces are going into place to make that happen.Andi Roman is the Director of Communications,"Every week we walk through here and you see such amazing changes as it's all coming together. The last time you were here there were still studs in the walls. Now there is paint on the walls, the flooring is going in, the fixtures are going up and the roof top flooring is being put in."

Roman says Hensville involves a lot of new indoor space with the revitalization of three buildings, "Right now we are standing in what was the Swamp Shop and it will still be the Swamp Shop, but it has been nearly doubled in size."

There's plenty of outdoor space too. Kristie says the park will provide lots of opportunities for fun,"I am standing in what will become Hensville park behind me. We will be able to host concerts, wedding receptions , you name it. We will also have movie nights.We will be able to host everything from fundraisers to street hockey tournaments. We are looking to do a little bit of everything. We want to be creative."

Hensville is expected to draw an extra 150,000-200,000 people to downtown. Of course, the initial rejuvenation of downtown was arguably sparked when the Mud Hens moved in, "When we moved here, there were about 7 people living in the warehouse district, now there are more than 700. The number of businesses that have started up and stayed here because of the Hens is impressive too.."

Kristie says more of that will likely happen with this project as well, "Stay tuned because there are a lot of good things coming for everyone."

The total project cost is about $21 million and it does involve historic tax credits.