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City of Toledo planning to expand Water Treatment Plant

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

While the algal bloom in Lake Erie continues to produce toxic bacteria, the City of Toledo is working to ensure our drinking water remains safe.

Right now, city leaders are planning an expansion and improvements to the Collin Park Water Treatment Plant. It is the residents living on Collin Park Avenue, however, who are making the ultimate sacrifice by selling their homes to the city so that the plant can expand into their property.

Mary Ann Acevedo says she was against selling her property to the city at first, but had a change of heart after touring the plant.

"I put a lot of money into this house and I fought it. And then when I went to see the water treatment plant I said, ‘No, I drink that water. They need to do something.’ So I agreed to sell,” said Acevedo.

The city has already purchased some of the properties along Collin Park Ave and are about to acquire 14 more, carrying a price tag of $1 million.

Residents like Acevedo are being offered more than market value for their homes, plus moving expenses. 

"I’m happy with where I’m going. I’ve been an east-sider all my life and so I’m staying on the east side,” said Acevedo.

Of course selling their homes is not ideal, but most residents realize it is for the greater good of the community.

"I saw some of the tanks down there and they were from 1947 and I was born in 1947 and I know I need repairs, so it could be updated,” said Acevedo.

Acevedo says she signed her paperwork Wednesday, but city council still needs to approve the $1 million purchase to acquire the homes.

Once the deal goes through, there are only 8 to 9 more properties that the city needs to acquire.  

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