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Pythian Castle, Ceasar’s Showbar brought back to life?

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

New signs are pointing to some old buildings coming back to life in downtown Toledo, especially at the corner of Jefferson and Ontario.

Built in 1890 and vacant since the 1970's, the Pythian Castle building has been acquired by the Lucas County Land Bank, which is teaming up with Louisville Title to secure a developer to renovate the building.

"If it is not developed within two years for whatever reason, the land bank will continue to own that property to make sure it doesn't fall into the hands of a speculator," said Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz.

Earlier this year the land bank completed a deal for a local business to begin renovations at the former Caesar's Showbar.

Bill Thomas, Executive Director of the Downtown Toledo Improvement District, says the future looks bright at that intersection.

"If you look at the Pythian Castle and what it could become in way of residential and commercial space, and you combine that with the activity here at the old Caesar's Showbar across the street, you got a couple of buildings and all of a sudden you have some great energy here."

When you also consider a developer is in the process of converting the historic Berdan building into new residential space, Thomas says this should help attract even more private investment into the heart of the Glass City.

"That'll be around 120 residential units, we have the demand, the 120 won't even satisfy the demand that's out there. We need more residential units."

He says boosting the number of people living downtown will help the bars and restaurants and encourage new retail investment.    

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