Workers with the city of Toledo are continuing to refurbish the Northwest District police station. The work began the day after Mayor D. Michael Collins took office. City spokeswoman Lisa Ward tells WNWO that the work is expected to be finished in time for the building to be re-opened on April 1. During last year's mayoral campaign, Collins pledged to re-open the station within the first 100 days of his term. Work began the day after Collins was inaugurated in January. Wilbur Moore, who lives just a few blocks away from the station, says that campaign pledge is one of the reasons he voted for Collins. "It was a good decision and I hope he keeps it open for a long time," Mr. Moore said.Block watch leader Tina Scott says re-opening the station is good for the neighborhood. "Police presence is a big issue;when people see the officers around they feel safer," Ms. Scott said.
The station was closed in June 2012 during the administration of Mayor Mike Bell. Bell said the move would save the city money. Bell refused to re-open the station even after City Council approved $100,000 in funding.
City spokesperson Lisa Ward says a ceremony heralding the building's re-opening will be held on March 31 or April 1.