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Broadway Corridor roadwork forum set, March 27

By La Prensa Staff


Toledo and Ohio Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) engineers have yet to reach any sort of consensus on how best to resolve the public’s demand for better access to an Old South End neighborhood, but some answers may be forthcoming. A community forum is set for Wed., March 27, 2019, 6 p.m., at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 705 S. St. Clair St.


Initial complaints from church leaders and Latins United members has led to new detour signs pointing the way into the neighborhood via Erie St. from downtown Toledo, the only access point to the church and private club at the moment. Bright orange signs popped up along the Broadway Corridor late last week.


“It’s awesome to see that they’re actually working with us, can’t believe how quickly they made those signs,” said Chevo Torres, Latins United president. “They just popped up. It makes it a lot easier to actually get here now. But we still have people who can’t find this place.”


Torres lamented that Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union held its annual meeting at the Latins United Hall on Wed., March 20 and people called the social club questioning how to find the location with at three access points to the neighborhood shut down due to separate road and bridge construction projects. Now Torres hopes the forum will help spread the word.


“We just want to invite the community and people who are interested and want information or just want to hear what we’ve been doing to make it easier,” said Torres. “(We want to) tell them that they have everything under control as far as emergency vehicles getting in here without going through all the detours like we do. That was the main concern.”


Latino leaders want to make sure Old South End residents get accurate information. The initial lack of communication from city and ODOT transportation officials has led to a wild series of rumors about how long projects will take to complete, inflated emergency response times—all causing quite a bit of worry, especially among older residents.


“They’re actually working with us now, when this should have happened months before they started working on it and everything would have worked out great,” said Torres. “It’s too bad now we’re doing this when most of the roads are closed. Sometimes that’s the way it works with the city and state. Now they’re asking ‘what do you guys want, what do you guys need.’”


Church and club leaders now understand the projects had to move forward when the funding was available so it would be lost. Delays due to railroad shipping schedules further squeezed the timetables together—meaning City Park, Emerald Ave., and Maumee St. are all shut down at the same time.


But the Latins United president is optimistic that once the communication problems are worked out and solutions are found, some short-term pain will result in plenty of long-term gain for the neighborhood, specifically, and the Broadway Corridor, in general.


“Our community in the Old South End is going to open up, get more people here, get more people who travel to actually stop by,” said Torres. “Once it’s all finished, it’s going to be awesome. Until then, you’re going to hear the people complain, complain, complain.”






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