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      Clarion demolition to take 12 weeks

      Demolition of the 10-story Clarion Hotel has begun.

      On Monday morning, workers erected a fence around the vacant Clarion hotel building in south Toledo prior to it being torn down.

      In an afternoon news conference, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins announced that demolition would begin on the 10-story building. "On the issue of blight in the city of Toledo, this is the first major attempt to take down a commercial structure," Mayor Collins said.

      The Homrich Company is performing the demolition. On Monday, they removed the trees from the property. A full-scale demolition of the building will begin in mid-August after all abestos has been removed. The demolition and removal of debris is expected to take 12 weeks.

      Matt Sapara, the director of Economic Development for the city of Toledo, says the demolition of the Clarion is key to the redevolopment of the Reynolds Road Corridor. "When business people come to this area they ask what is going on with the Clarion hotel, and so the prospect of redevelopment is contingent on removing the blight that you see on Reynolds Rd. and today is the first domino," Mr. Sapara said.

      The demolition will cost Toledo taxpayers $350,000.

      On June 1, a fire was deliberately set on the fourth floor of the building. Police have not made any arrests in connection with that incident.