TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Demolition crews have started tearing down the former Collingwood Manor Apartments, located on the 2100 block of Collingwood Boulevard.
Built in the early 1930's, the property entered foreclosure in 2006 and has been on the city demo list since 2007. Recently the Lucas County Land Bank took possession of the property to move redevelopment efforts forward.
"This has been a nuisance to the neighborhood and frankly what it has done is reduce the property values of all the properties around it," says Lucas County Treasurer wade Kapszukiewicz.
The $117,500 price tag is being split between the city and the land bank, money that's expected to be recovered when the land is sold for a new use.
"Maybe Mercy College will build a dorm for their students, that's one of the proposals floating. There's other good ideas but at the very least eliminating a blighted eyesore is a step in the right direction."
Former resident William Garrett says it's hard to watch the demolition:
"It's sad. It hurts. Sorry it had to come to this but it is what it is."
Whatever ends up replacing the apartment complex, Toledo City Councilwoman Paula Hicks-Hudson says that plan will have to meet strict neighborhood guidelines:
"Because of the historic commission they will have to have a design that will fit in with the neighborhood."