City of Toledo looks to redevelop former schools

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The City of Toledo is expressing interest in redeveloping more than a dozen former TPS school building sites. That includes the former Libbey High School site, where only remnants of the football stadium remain.

"It's really two sites in one. A commercial, residential area along Western Avenue and down in the bowl area recreation sites, a big ball diamond and the former stadium," says Toledo Deputy Mayor Tom Crothers.

South Toledo neighbors including JuJuan Smith want the Libbey site redeveloped sooner rather than later:

"That'd be a good thing, especially for sports, really give kids something positive to look forward to."

TPS Business Manager Jim Gant says the district is not interested in taking care of vacant properties, but he has yet to work out any specifics with the city regarding land transactions, and Crothers would like that to be worked out in the near future:

"We think we're best suited to determine what the future use of many of these sites are so we're getting together with our partners at TPS and we will have substantial discussions I hope."

Crothers says the city has interest in 16 former school sites: Lagrange, Fulton, Warren, MLK, Lincoln, Nathan Hale, Longfellow, Fallmeyer, Bervely, Libbey, Newbury, Jones, East Side Central, Heffner, East Toledo Jr. High, and Leverette.

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