TOLEDO -- Toledo City Council voted to spend more than $400,000 on the old Clarion Hotelâ??s demolition. Neighbors of the hotel are rejoicing at the news.
A Toledo Police camera sits behind the abandoned building, capturing all the gang taggings and garbage. The front lawn facing Reynolds Road shows unkempt grass and broken windowsâ??all on a main artery through the city.
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Jim Oedy doesnâ??t need a camera to see that side. He owns Genesis Village, the retirement home across the street.
â??Weâ??re all going to be celebrating its destruction,â?? Oedy said.
He plans on throwing a demolition party at Genesis Village on July 7.
Oedy says people walk into Genesis Village and fall in love with the place, but because of the old Clarion, some people never walk in at all.
â??Itâ??s just a relief,â?? Oedy said. â??You come here and you see or hear windows being broken, and itâ??s in your own neighborhood.â??
He says a business revival is underway in South Toledo, and the old Clarion only gets in the way.
â??We canâ??t lose that momentum. And this is a big step in the right direction.â??