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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The future of a historic building in downtown Toledo remains uncertain while tenants at the Spitzer Building are hoping to stay put.

A sheriff sale was held on Thursday, but there were no bidders.

The century-old building at Madison and Huron was bought by a California businessman in 2009, but Koray Ergur has been cited for not keeping the building up to code, and he owes nearly $200,000 in property taxes.

Even though tenants don't have around-the-clock access to the building because it has failed a fire alarm inspection, Scott Ciolek says he plans to keep his law office and coffee shop there, and he's confident something positive is on the horizon.

"Because it's so old, that means it's good," he said. "It's one of the oldest buildings in downtown. It's the oldest steel structure in downtown, it's fantastic for a law office."

Another sheriff sale will be held in two weeks, and if a buyer can't be found, Lucas County will likely get involved through the land bank program, to try to secure a future for the Spitzer Building.

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