Plan Commission to Hear Kroger Proposal...Again

The Toledo plan commission will hear a different proposal this time, but the plan by Kroger to build a new superstore at a busy West Toledo intersection remains controversial. Many who live in the neighborhood claim there's too much traffic and they'd rather preserve existing greenspace.

The supermarket chain wants to buy land from the Sisters of Notre Dame and build a Kroger Marketplace store at the corner of Monroe and Secor. Kroger officials deferred a scheduled hearing last month on a scaled-down version of its original plan first proposed last year. That meeting begins at 2 p.m. today.

An empty Toledo warehouse may be the latest to house downtown residents.

The Toledo plan commission is also being asked today to approve a rezoning proposal to convert the 100-year old Commerce Paper Company warehouse along Ontario Street into 80 market-rate, loft-style apartments. The proposal will add to the building boom in the Warehouse District, where developers are trying to meet demand for downtown living quarters. The Berdan building is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and the nearby Bartley Lofts are fully leased. The building was originally constructed in 1912 for a grocery wholesaler.

An empty Catholic school in North Toledo may see new life as senior apartments.

United North wants the Toledo plan commission to approve a proposal to turn the former St. Hedwig’s Catholic school along Lagrange Street into a 40-unit senior apartment complex. The project would require the community development group to demolish a former convent to make room for a building addition-- and separate a church and rectory building into a second parcel of land. The apartment complex would be within safe walking distance of the Zablocki senior center. This is the second attempt for a senior housing complex on the one-acre site, a previous rezoning approved in 2012 but never pursued.

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