Project Overview

Project Boundaries: The project boundaries are generally: the Overland Industrial Park (former Jeep plant) to the west; I-75 to the north; Central Avenue to the south; and Cherry Street to the east, extending to Mercy-St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

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The Toledo Area-wide Planning Project is funded by USEPA to identify strategies for the revitalization of the Overland Park area and the redevelopment of brownfields. A map defining the project area is located to the right. As this area of Toledo has experienced significant abandonment and depopulation, the focus of this effort will be on rebuilding the ‘local economy’ that underlies and supports a healthy neighborhood. Primary goals of the 15-month planning process are to identify strategies that can bring capital back to the area and then work toward implementing those strategies. While specific strategies may change based on research and stakeholder input, areas that will be explored as part of the project are:

  • Brownfields Cleanup and Redevelopment – Bringing development of all kinds back to the area;
  • Small Business Formation – Training and access to funding to start businesses in the area;
  • Job Training – Identification of targeted programs that employ local people;
  • Youth Development – Engagement of youth in the area to provide life skills, access to opportunities, and preparation for higher education/vocational training;
  • Urban Agriculture – Research opportunities for business formation, local food production, and agricultural jobs;
  • Public and private funding for infrastructure, assessment and cleanup, business formation or expansion, public amenities and ongoing programs for the area;
  • Exploring the establishment of a Neighborhood Land Conservancy to manage and ensure foreclosed properties are used to best serve the area;
  • New residential development in appropriate areas; and,
  • Other ideas as appropriate as we move forward with the project.

The development of this website for us as a tool to maintain fluid information sharing among stakeholders is an important component of this project.   The project will be implemented in four phases:

I. Background Research

This phase will continue from April 2014 to August 2014 and include the following elements:

  • Inventory of sites;
  • Research of best practices in similar areas around the country;
  • Analysis of economic indicators and real estate market analysis;
  • Research of current state of economic development programs in Toledo and Ohio; and,
  • Identification of stakeholder interests, concerns, aspirations and plan.


II. Economic Development Program Planning

This phase will extend from August 2014 to October 2014 culminating in an Economic Development Workshop. The Economic Development Workshop will include stakeholders from around the city, region, and state who will work on economic ideas for rebuilding the local economy. Stakeholders will work in small groups to develop workable plans for the area-wide project. Steps in preparation for the workshop include:

  • Identification of key development markets;
  • Reuse planning of three key sites;
  • Conduct blight study;
  • Formation of the key economic development areas on which the workshop will focus;
  • Planning for the workshop; and
  • Hold design charette with key partners.


III. Development of Key ideas/Attraction of Funding

From the Economic Development Workshop, programs and projects will be identified and implementation strategies developed. The next steps are to work with key partners to identify resources, establish implementation strategies and prepare for a Partners Workshop. This workshop will be held in February 2015 and include public, private, and non-profit entities who can bring funding, technical assistance or other support to the project. The Partnership for Sustainable Communities (USEPA, HUD, DOT) and other federal agencies have agreed to support and participate in this activity.


IV. Finalization of an Area-wide Plan

A final plan will be developed to include a roadmap for implementing the ideas generated, developed and matured through the process. The report will be presented publicly and be available online.