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Student housing project may push some businesses away

The building leased by the owner of Maxwell's Brew may be sold for the development. The building leased by the owner of Maxwell's Brew may be sold for the development.
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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A planned student housing development in West Toledo along Bancroft Street has a couple of business owners looking to move elsewhere.

Rick Salem, owner of Rick's City Diner, said he's looking for a new location because the former Omni Bar property, where many of his customers park, is part of the targeted site.

"Quite frankly, I don't see how I can stay with the construction that's going on and possible loss of parking," Salem said. "I'm not happy about it, but I have to move."

With Salem trying to finalize plans, workers and customers are left in a holding pattern.

"Right now business is doing great," said Stephanie Emch, who has worked as a waitress for Salem for the past five years. "We do wonderful here. We're all just waiting."

" We don't want him to leave this area because it's a really great place to meet lots of friends and people from all across the city," said customer Linda Liber.

Eddie Kanon, owner of Maxwell's Brew, said he's also planning to move because there's  pending sale of the building he leases.

"As soon as I get the word it'll be final, the city approved the planning for the corner, I'm starting to look for a location on Monroe Street to move my business there," Kanon said.

The company targeting that area for a new student housing center is Polaris Real Estate Equities, with developments at Cleveland State University, University of Kentucky, and Indiana University. At last check, site plans have not been filed with the city.    

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