Lucas Metropolitan Housing kicks off demolition of abandoned Park Hotel for planned affordable housing for young adults

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TOLEDO, Ohio — New life for an old hotel began Wednesday with the demolition of a blighted historic south Toledo property.

Lucas Metropolitan Housing began the demolition of the old Park Hotel on Wednesday morning at 201 Knapp Street.

In its place, LMH will build new apartments for individuals between the ages of 18-25, who may be experiencing housing instability or aging out of the foster care system and in need of assistance transitioning from high school to adulthood.

The demolition coincides with National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.

Data from the Toledo Lucas County Homelessness Board shows 1,590 youth experiencing homelessness in Lucas County for 2022, with 592 between the ages of 18-24 experiencing housing instability due to a number of factors. Those factors include leaving foster care, aging out of child welfare, transitioning from high school to adulthood and family breakdowns or other issues.

The Park Apartments will include 41 one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom apartments. It will include spaces for socialization, counseling and education resources along with a community room with an attached kitchen, a fitness space, laundry and storage.

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10 communities receive $925,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge grants

Reprinted from Business Record 

“The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded $925,000 in Main Street Iowa Challenge grants to 10 communities around the state. The grants will help redevelop or rehabilitate underused buildings in an effort to stimulate economic growth and advance investment in Iowa’s historic main streets. Projects include removing a metal slipcover from a historic building in downtown Spencer to unmask its original facade and reveal historic window openings; revitalizing a vacant, derecho-damaged building in uptown Marion; and transforming a vacant historic building in downtown Burlington into an old-fashioned ice cream shop. The grants are administered through IEDA’s Iowa Downtown Resource Center and Main Street Iowa programs. The funding will be distributed in the form of matching grants to the selected Main Street programs. The estimated total cost of these 10 projects is over $3.5 million. “The Main Street Iowa Challenge grants help us revitalize and reinvest in our traditional commercial districts, which is good business,” Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, said in a statement. “It’s good for our economy and good for our state. These projects will bring new businesses and new residents to our downtown districts.”