roadwork forum set, March 27
By La Prensa Staff
Toledo and Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) engineers
have yet to reach any sort of consensus on how best to resolve
the public’s demand for better access to an Old South End
neighborhood, but some answers may be forthcoming. A community
forum is set for Wed., March 27, 2019, 6 p.m., at SS.
Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 705 S. St. Clair St.
Initial complaints from church leaders and Latins United members
has led to new detour signs pointing the way into the
neighborhood via Erie St. from downtown Toledo, the only access
point to the church and private club at the moment. Bright
orange signs popped up along the Broadway Corridor late last
“It’s awesome to see that they’re actually working with us,
can’t believe how quickly they made those signs,” said Chevo
Torres, Latins United president. “They just popped up. It
makes it a lot easier to actually get here now. But we still
have people who can’t find this place.”
Torres lamented that Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union
held its annual meeting at the Latins United Hall on Wed., March
20 and people called the social club questioning how to find the
location with at three access points to the neighborhood shut
down due to separate road and bridge construction projects. Now
Torres hopes the forum will help spread the word.
“We just want to invite the community and people who are
interested and want information or just want to hear what we’ve
been doing to make it easier,” said Torres. “(We want to) tell
them that they have everything under control as far as emergency
vehicles getting in here without going through all the detours
like we do. That was the main concern.”
Latino leaders want to make sure Old South End residents get
accurate information. The initial lack of communication from
city and ODOT transportation officials has led to a wild series
of rumors about how long projects will take to complete,
inflated emergency response times—all causing quite a bit of
worry, especially among older residents.
“They’re actually working with us now, when this should have
happened months before they started working on it and everything
would have worked out great,” said Torres. “It’s too bad now
we’re doing this when most of the roads are closed. Sometimes
that’s the way it works with the city and state. Now they’re
asking ‘what do you guys want, what do you guys need.’”
Church and club leaders now understand the projects had to move
forward when the funding was available so it would be lost.
Delays due to railroad shipping schedules further squeezed the
timetables together—meaning City Park, Emerald Ave., and
Maumee St. are all shut down at the same time.
But the Latins United president is optimistic that once
the communication problems are worked out and solutions are
found, some short-term pain will result in plenty of long-term
gain for the neighborhood, specifically, and the Broadway
Corridor, in general.
“Our community in the Old South End is going to open up, get
more people here, get more people who travel to actually stop
by,” said Torres. “Once it’s all finished, it’s going to be
awesome. Until then, you’re going to hear the people complain,