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      Celebrating the past, anticipating the future at United North??s annual meeting

      United North's Annual Meeting was held to celebrate the past and to learn about the future

      United North??s Annual Meeting was held on January 8th, at the Zablocki Senior Center, located at 3015 Lagrange Street in Toledo.

      More than $32 million have been invested by United North and its partners in ONE Village since formal collaboration began between Lagrange and NorthRiver Development Corporations in 2007. ??ONE?? stands for Old North End.

      The boundaries extend from River Road to Cherry Street, up to Manhattan Boulevard, and up to I-75.

      Toledo??s largest neighborhood Annual Meeting is especially significant this year with the announcement of the reopening date for the Ohio Theatre, the kick-off fundraising campaign for the final phase of its restoration and many other projects.

      United North members heard about successful projects in 2012 and the plans for 2013, as a part of United North??s comprehensive revitalization effort. In addition, United North??s Board of Directors will be elected, neighborhood opinions expressed, and awards presented to the homeowner, tenant, business owner and volunteers of the year.

      Beth Lewandowski, President of the Board of Trustees for United North, commented on the award presentations.

      Lewandowski said, "(the awards are) to showcase all the accomplishments that United North Development Corporations for ONE Village has accomplished throughout 2012, it is also a good way of letting our residents here in ONE Village know what we are working on and planning on for the betterment of the neighborhood this coming year."

      Cranes Landing, a $7.5 million senior housing project has been completed on the site of the former Chase School. United North??s first rental rehab program is underway and a new park under construction in the Sherman School neighborhood.

      ONE Village Council, working collaboratively with United North??s Financial Opportunity Center, launched a jobs campaign with hundreds participating. A coalition with the Vistula neighborhood resulted in $4.5 million in funding, which saves Fire Station #3 and allows for construction of a second fire station near Cranes Landing.

      In 2013, residents will be anticipating the completion of the first phase of the $1 million renovation of the Ohio Theatre and Events Center. United North will also be putting together plans to renovate the former St. Hedwig School into senior housing. A partnership with the W.S.O.S. Community Action Agency and their YouthBuild program will enable 60 ONE Village youth to complete their GED and obtain construction and leadership skills.

      Beth Lewandowski, comments on United North, saying, "we are a neighborhood. We are a group of people who believe in this neighborhood and believing in your neighborhood is very important to me, that if you believe in where you live, then your neighborhood is going to accomplish a lot and that is what we are doing here."

      For more information e-mail at: thames@unitednorth.org or call (419) 255-8406, Ext. 309.