TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A massive eyesore in Toledo's Old West End is coming to the ground Tuesday.
Demolition has begun on the former Collingwood Manor Apartments located in the 2100 block of Collingwood Boulevard near Bancroft Street. The 44-unit complex was built back in the Great Depression and considered premium at the time. The Collingwood Arms building is also being demolished.
City leaders said both buildings are unsafe and have been falling apart for the last 15 years. They could not be saved because they were deemed to be extremely unstable after having no heat for the last several years.
The general consensus was the buildings could not be redeveloped.
"This is a bittersweet moment for me. I live in the Old West End. I believe in the nature of this district and the fact that this building, which was built during the Depression, is coming down, is a bittersweet moment for me," said Toledo City Councilwoman Paula Hicks.
The property entered foreclosure back in 2006 and has been on the city's demo list since 2007. The property was recently acquired by the Lucas County Land Bank, which has put up $73,000 for the demolition, with the city kicking in $50,000.
The buildings should be completely torn down by Friday.
A ceremony took place Tuesday morning to kick off the project. Councilwoman Hicks discussed the significance of the demolition, as well as upcoming plans to improve Collingwood Boulevard. The Land Bank is working on a redevelopment deal with Mercy College to provide student housing on the 1.5 acre property.