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East Toledo developments, near Maumee River, prompt opportunity for input


By La Prensa Staff


There’s a lot of activity along the East Toledo riverfront these days, as progress is being made on a new Metropark and vertical construction is well underway on housing units in the Marina District.


Latinos living nearby in neighborhoods surrounding Waite High School have an opportunity to provide input on what will happen next, as well as receive progress reports.


“It’s going slow but steady,” said Peter Ujvagi, the Toledo City Council member who represents District 3, which covers East Toledo. “The apartment buildings that Continental is constructing is probably about 30 to 40 percent done. It’s on its track.”


 “We want to encourage them to be involved in the oversight of the projects as they go along,” said the District 3 councilman. “I’m encouraging them to organize. These are not one-year projects. For instance, the metropark is probably a four-year project. There also are some spaces along Front St. that have not been determined how they’re going to be utilized.”


According to Ujvagi, demolition will begin “within the next 30 to 60 days” on two of the large buildings along Main St. He also stated “there is now a commitment from some other companies” to locate at the corner of Front St. and Main St. He described that intersection as one day soon housing a “medical and biotechnology campus.” There also are plans for a business incubator and a new Huntington Bank branch. The bank first left East Toledo several years ago.


“That, to me, is a very positive development,” he said.


The Toledo Area Metroparks is involved in phase one of its new riverfront park that eventually will connect with The Docks and International Park via a hiking and biking overpass crossing Main St. A Metroparks representative will provide a project update at Wednesday’s meeting.


“I fully anticipate that will be under construction, that they’ll be moving dirt yet sometime this year,” said Ujvagi, who admitted the new metropark is a bit behind initial plans. “This happens all the time in development. We initially anticipated the metropark would be under construction in April of this year. But, as always happens, some changes needed to be made.”


Perhaps the hottest property near downtown these days is along Front St., despite the city and building and constructions trade union deeding some land on a hill above Tribute Park for a new $3 million Polish community center. Fundraising is currently underway by backers of that center. There is even talk that the former post office on Second St. soon could become a craft brewery.





Ujvagi, facing health issues such as an upcoming double knee replacement surgery, has chosen not to run for re-election. So with just four-and-a-half months remaining in office, he’s trying to empower those who will remain after his departure to force a say in the future of East Toledo.


“I’m trying to cross T’s and dot I’s as much as I can between now and December 31st,” he said.


But he also has pledged publicly to work with his replacement—regardless of who wins the November general election—to bring them up to speed on all developments and citizen complaints possible before he leaves office. He promises a seamless transition.


“When I arrived at city council, I had nothing on my desk about ongoing issues and concerns, or even citizen complaints by the previous council member,” said Ujvagi. “I will help to orient them and I will have a high stack of ongoing projects and ongoing complaints that we have been working on. Then the new council member will choose whether they will pursue those or not. I want whoever succeeds me to have the best possible opportunity to serve in District 3.”


Even though he is leaving city council, Ujvagi plans to remain very active in East Toledo affairs, refusing to call it “retirement.” He eventually hopes to join some public boards and continue to contribute that way.


Editor’sNote: There was a public meeting addressing the eastside development on Aug. 14, 2019, at the Building and Construction Trades union headquarters, 1600 Front St.







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Revised: 08/21/19 06:13:56 -0700.




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