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      City Council candidate has plan for Southwyck area

      The former Clarion Hotel is an eyesore to many along Reynolds Road.

      One of four candidates vying for Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins' seat on City Council has a plan for redeveloping the area surrounding the former Southwyck Mall.

      District Two Council candidate Joe Celusta said Friday that current council members have it wrong when it comes to revitalizing the area along S. Reynolds Road. He said that instead of using $1 million to tear down the former Clarion Hotel, that money should go to fixing streets.

      Celusta said the city should hold a nationwide raffle for the hotel, which he values at $3 million.

      Mayor Collins said in February that the building doesn't offer a good first impression of Toledo for those getting off the nearby exit from the Ohio Turnpike. He said the city was working on a plan to buy the property to prepare it for demolition, a move that would cost somewhere around $750,000.

      On Tuesday, May 6, Celusta will face off against Bob Vasquez, Matthew Cherry, and Marcia Helman for Mayor Collins' now vacant City Council seat. The winner will serve on the council through the end of 2015.