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Call 11 for Action: Owners hoping grant will help clean up abandoned church

This once proud Toledo house of worship has fallen on hard times. This once proud Toledo house of worship has fallen on hard times.
Vandals have broken out stain glass windows of the central Toledo church. Vandals have broken out stain glass windows of the central Toledo church.
Inside the building, paint is peeling and pipes and wires have been stripped from the walls. Inside the building, paint is peeling and pipes and wires have been stripped from the walls.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A central Toledo church built more than a century ago, once a great house of worship, has been reduced to an abandoned dumping ground.

“It was a good church, a great church, but they moved. After that, it's just been there. It's just sitting,” said Shauntelle Davis, who lives near the church.

The work of vandals is visible from outside the building at the corner of Norwood Ave. and Ewing St. in central Toledo. Inside, the plumbing and electrical wires have been stripped from the walls.

Davis says she hope someone can make something of the building.

“I would like for them to turn it into something, I don't want to see it torn down – it's a church,” said Davis.

Property records show the church was purchased by its current owner in October of 2011. David Hampton, the owner's husband, says his family has been working to restore the church.

“It's been an ongoing process, but we are trying to hold on to it,” said Hampton.

Hampton says funding the renovation has been a major roadblock to progress.

“Banks won't even touch it. You can't even get a loan,” said Hampton.

Hampton says without funding, the hopes of turning this building into a community type center will never become reality. He estimates it would take $200,000 to get the building back into fictional condition. Hampton says he's not giving up on the property though.

“We are trying very avenue we can come up with. We are trying,” said Hampton.

Hampton says he is working to get a loan through the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority's Better Business program. He says that loan could be approved as early as March 16.

If you're concerned about a property in your neighborhood and you need some help, email Andrew Kinsey at akinsey@toledonewsnow.com.

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