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Once a second wave of demolitions by the Lucas County Land Reutilization Corporation (land bank) is complete, over 150 razed homes will no longer blight neighborhoods in East Toledo’s 43605 zip code, commonly referred to as the ’05 or “nickel.”

Earlier this year, the land bank was recently awarded a $6 million grant from the Ohio Housing Financing Agency, the second-highest total of 11 land banks statewide receiving a combined total $49.5 million to tackle blighted communities. That provides funding for a second round of home demolitions.

The land bank is a community improvement corporation designed to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the county by returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive use.

About 60 homes were demolished during the first wave, and a second wave already underway will bring, at last count, 96 more, says One Voice for East Toledo leader and East Toledo Family Center community builder Jodi Gross.

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Oregon in the next two weeks will be negotiating to purchase a building on Navarre Avenue across from Pearson Park for a senior center.

The First Insurance Group Building at 4350 Navarre Avenue has up to 13,500 square feet. Approximately 6,500 square feet will be devoted for senior activities.

“We think it’s an excellent location for our seniors,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley. “It’s centrally located, it’s visible, it’s an attractive property, it’s in excellent condition, and it has the spacing and room size that will allow us to meet our senior needs.”

Members of the Senior Advisory Committee have been meeting every couple of weeks since April, 2014 to discuss and decide the best options for distributing revenue from a new 0.5 mill five year senior levy for Oregon seniors, which was passed last November.

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RV parking draws complaints

Two neighboring Wood County communities face a common problem with the parking of recreational vehicles on residential lots.

The Lake Township trustees heard from Police Chief Mark Hummer at their Nov. 5 meeting that a tougher enforcement of zoning regulations is planned as he follows up on complaints in the Moline area of the township.

He described problems with parked vehicles violating zoning rules as a recurring situation “like dandelions in the spring.”

The township has been accumulating evidence of the violations, he said, and will be sending letters to residents.

“It’s been a problem over there in Moline but it’s become more noticeable elsewhere,” he said after the meeting. “We’ll try to work with the people but we may have to take it up a notch.”

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For more than three decades, Kurt Erichsen, vice president of environmental planning at the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, has been coordinating the efforts of public and private entities in implementing environmental programs.

He shares his thoughts about algal problems in the western basin of Lake Erie.


Q. As someone who’s been involved in environmental matters in Northwest Ohio/S.E. Michigan for 31 years, where do you think we’ve made the most progress in addressing stormwater run-off and related problems?

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After four weeks of voting, Magee Marsh has been chosen Best Birdwatching Area in USA Today’s 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Award Contest.

Voters were asked to select their favorite from a long list of birdwatching areas. Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO) launched a major social media campaign to remind people to vote every day. “Birders love Magee,” said Kimberly Kaufman, BSBO’s executive director. “We didn’t have to tell them who to vote for, all we had to do was keep reminding them to vote every day.”

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