When the Toledo City Council sat down to “business” this week, they had some wide-ranging options to consider. The council is launching an Urban Renewal Program that literally means what it says…renewing a town with a lot of miles on it. City Councilors are working innovatively to put “a worthy future” on its face – maybe taking Memorial Field up a notch or two, considering ways to find the where-with-all to provide substantial amounts of affordable housing and dabble a bit with the arts around town. And, of course, city councilors rolling up their sleeves to enhance the town’s “Emergency Preparedness.” They’re going to try to come up with some fresh, if not powerful, ideas for strengthening Toledo’s near (if not far) future for its citizens, local economy and all around enjoyment of living in Toledo.
The Council, however, raised a prickly subject for a major downtown feature – housing, or something like it. The Council appears to be “engaged” with the owner(s) of the Yaquina Bay Hotel. The Council said the owner(s) will possibly have to choose between creating condo’s or hotel rooms. Since the hotel rooms have no kitchens, the discussion is seemingly being bent toward labeling the venerable old structure as a hotel. City Councilors are very sensitive about the architecture of the downtown. They don’t appear to want to stick something modern-looking amidst an historical motif. The City Council said sixty days of dialog and public opinion, including research and economic considerations, will likely produce a way forward for the hotel owner and the town.
And getting in and out of the Toledo Public Library is about to become a bit more convenient. Instead of the current status quo, the library has commissioned a company to install an electric powered “open and shut” door system. We’re told that construction is on the near horizon.