Rep. Fedor Supports Further Development Of East Toledo's Marina District
Acme demolition is a positive step toward economic redevelopment, lawmaker says
July 17, 2014
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On Wednesday, the three remaining smokestacks at the decommissioned Acme Power Plant site in East Toledo’s Marina District were razed. The stacks were among the last remaining remnants of the plant, which was demolished two years ago. 

“Today’s demolition was a milestone in redeveloping the city’s Marina District and building a million dollar view of the city,” said State Rep. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo). “I have always been a proponent of preserving and revitalizing our city’s historic areas, and I’m eager to see Toledo move forward with the economic development that our city needs.”

Two of the three smokestacks were completely demolished and the third, tallest stack, which stood at 298 feet, was reduced to 198 feet to preserve its historical significance to the Toledo skyline. The structures were deemed unsafe and in violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations due to improper lighting for aviation. Discussions are on-going regarding the future of the remaining smokestack.

Clean Ohio grants helped pay for the initial site cleanup and historic preservation of this former industrial facility. Rep. Fedor strongly advocated for the City of Toledo’s 2002 and 2007 Clean Ohio grant applications, and ultimately the city was selected for two $3 million grants for asbestos abatement and water and soil remediation.

In addition to the demolition of the former Acme plant, there have been several downtown projects supported in part by the state to repurpose the Marina District for modern redevelopment. In 2007, the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, the largest project in Ohio Department of Transportation’s history, was finished. The Skyway Marina, opened in 2013, was funded in part by a $1.5 million infrastructure grant from the Department of Development and by grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Earlier this year, the National Museum of the Great Lakes opened. The project received over $6 million in grants from the state. 

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