Latinos living nearby in neighborhoods surrounding Waite High
School have an opportunity to provide input on what will
happen next, as well as receive progress reports.
“It’s going slow but steady,” said Peter Ujvagi, the
Toledo City Council member who represents District 3, which
covers East Toledo. “The apartment buildings that Continental is
constructing is probably about 30 to 40 percent done. It’s on
“We want to encourage them to be involved in the oversight of
the projects as they go along,” said the District 3 councilman.
“I’m encouraging them to organize. These are not one-year
projects. For instance, the metropark is probably a four-year
project. There also are some spaces along Front St. that have
not been determined how they’re going to be utilized.”
According to Ujvagi, demolition will begin “within the next 30
to 60 days” on two of the large buildings along Main St. He also
stated “there is now a commitment from some other companies” to
locate at the corner of Front St. and Main St. He described that
intersection as one day soon housing a “medical and
biotechnology campus.” There also are plans for a business
incubator and a new Huntington Bank branch. The bank first left
East Toledo several years ago.
“That, to me, is a very positive development,” he said.
The Toledo Area Metroparks is involved in phase one of
its new riverfront park that eventually will connect with The
Docks and International Park via a hiking and biking
overpass crossing Main St. A Metroparks representative will
provide a project update at Wednesday’s meeting.
“I fully anticipate that will be under construction, that
they’ll be moving dirt yet sometime this year,” said Ujvagi, who
admitted the new metropark is a bit behind initial plans. “This
happens all the time in development. We initially anticipated
the metropark would be under construction in April of this year.
But, as always happens, some changes needed to be made.”
Perhaps the hottest property near downtown these days is along
Front St., despite the city and building and constructions trade
union deeding some land on a hill above Tribute Park for
a new $3 million Polish community center. Fundraising is
currently underway by backers of that center. There is even talk
that the former post office on Second St. soon could become a
Ujvagi, facing health issues such as an upcoming double knee
replacement surgery, has chosen not to run for re-election. So
with just four-and-a-half months remaining in office, he’s
trying to empower those who will remain after his departure to
force a say in the future of East Toledo.
“I’m trying to cross T’s and dot I’s as much as I can between
now and December 31st,” he said.
But he also has pledged publicly to work with his
replacement—regardless of who wins the November general
election—to bring them up to speed on all developments and
citizen complaints possible before he leaves office. He promises
a seamless transition.
“When I arrived at city council, I had nothing on my desk about
ongoing issues and concerns, or even citizen complaints by the
previous council member,” said Ujvagi. “I will help to orient
them and I will have a high stack of ongoing projects and
ongoing complaints that we have been working on. Then the new
council member will choose whether they will pursue those or
not. I want whoever succeeds me to have the best possible
opportunity to serve in District 3.”
Even though he is leaving city council, Ujvagi plans to remain
very active in East Toledo affairs, refusing to call it
“retirement.” He eventually hopes to join some public boards and
continue to contribute that way.
Editor’sNote: There was a public meeting addressing the eastside
development on Aug. 14, 2019, at the Building and
Construction Trades union headquarters, 1600 Front St.