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The Toledo Design Collective (TDC) has designs for Toledo


Broadway Corridor Traffic Plan to Get Update

Toledo city officials have promised traffic upgrades to the Broadway Corridor for years. Now the overall plan to improve the flow of cars and trucks is about to get a major upgrade with the input of residents and business owners.


The area is now considered a major gateway into downtown Toledo, directly leading to the corporate campuses of Owens Corning and Promedica. The Broadway Corridor also is seeing an increased traffic flow as work intensifies on improving I-75 and the replacement of the DiSalle Bridge over the Maumee River. Latino leaders have said the attention is long overdue.


An area known as the Broadway Mile from Western Ave. to Stebbins St. will be reconstructed in 2024. The Toledo Design Collective is working with the Broadway Corridor Coalition to gather feedback from those affected in the area—renters, residents, businesses, community groups and others—to develop a final design for city leaders to follow as a blueprint.


The Toledo Design Collective (TDC) is placing temporary mailboxes at community centers and businesses throughout the Old South End to gather more input following a public feedback session held in early July. The hope is to gather as much input as possible by having the public fill out postcards and posters and leave them in the mailboxes. Some of the suggestions may end up in the final design submitted to Toledo city officials.


Possible improvements along the Broadway Mile include traffic patterns, safety issues, quality of life, improved health access for residents, walkability of the area, TARTA bus access, bike paths, pedestrian lighting, new businesses, rehabbed buildings, community hubs, and street landscaping.


According to TDC Studio Director Elizabeth Ellis, while there is not street improvement cost estimate available yet, city officials have assured them there will be funding available for the project in 2024.


The Toledo Design Collective is an urban planning and design nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist other nonprofits and agencies in promoting urban and community growth and revitalization through preservation, renovation, and adaptive reuse of existing structures and developments and by adding compatible new structures and developments. The group also advocates for appropriate streetscaping, landscaping, lighting, graphics, and signage to help to enhance open and public spaces.


The Broadway Corridor Coalition is encouraging the public to follow developments and updates through its Facebook page.


Eastside’s Navarre Park

TDC has also obtained public input to put together an improvement plan for Navarre Park in East Toledo; the eastside has the largest population of Latinos in Toledo. In the 1920s, when populations of emigrating Mexicans left México after its 10-year-old revolution (1910 – 1920), many moved to the Midwest, including the eastside of Toledo. In the 1930s and 1940s, these families held annual gatherings/reunions at Navarre Park. One of the families was Aurora Gonzalez’s family.


Much of the anticipated work for the park involves taking the existing green space and making it better connecting with residents, making it available to all. The project calls for an enhanced entryway to the park, a new parking lot close to the baseball and softball fields, providing fill to keep those fields from flooding, and adding additional trails to help connect the different ball fields.


Funding for the conceptual plan came from a LISC/ESPN Replay grant, Toledo Refining Company and the Mercy Health Foundation.


See generally, https://toledodesigncollective.org/  



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