Message from Mayor Kapszukiewicz
My administration announced this week that we will implement a 10-year action plan to improve access to safe and affordable housing in Toledo. This is something we started working on about 12 months ago, when we engaged Enterprise Community Partners to gather community feedback and develop a comprehensive housing strategy.
We are creating a plan on how to improve housing outcomes for all residents of Toledo, and our strategy for uplifting neighborhoods continues to include encouraging redevelopment, defending tenants’ rights, investing in neighborhoods. low income areas, historic road repaving program, beautification and safety. You can read more about the housing plan at this link.
LMH Collingwood Green Project
I was also delighted last week to celebrate the acceptance of $ 5.8 million from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to complete the fifth and final phase of Lucas Metropolitan Housing’s Collingwood Green project – something that has lasted 15 years and will include 75 senior apartments. Federal funding will also provide rent assistance to tenants and capital advances to private and non-private sponsors to fund housing development for very low-income residents.
As I said last week, there are federal resources entering our community that have never flowed into Toledo, or at least not since the New Deal. It is a type of federal aid, and it will transform this neighborhood.
Vote yes for TARTA
I want to urge everyone to support the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority’s sales tax demand in the November 2 poll, number 12.
Public transport is important for Toledo, and particularly important for our economy. Successful cities invest in public transit because they know it keeps their economies strong and their workforce moving.
The restoration of Sunday service would be one of the first results of the passage of the new sales tax, and the expansion of regional paratransit service eligibility in the Toledo area throughout Lucas County is another advantage.
These are essential services for many Toledoans, but it is also about attracting economic development to our region. Toledo was ranked last year as the top mid-size city in America for new business investment. Help us keep this momentum going and help us keep building!
Rain this week
I know some residents have been inundated this week by the heavy rains. Our sewer and drainage workers were on a 24 hour shift, with extra shifts to respond as quickly as possible. One of the most important things we saw were the flooded streets. Now that we are in the fall, it is a good time to remind residents to refrain from blowing or raking leaves and grass clippings in the street. It clogs the sewers and causes heartburn for you and your neighbors. As always, call us at 419-936-2020 to report flooding or any issues.
Wayman D. Palmer YMCA
Finally, this week I want to invite everyone to a public meeting to discuss plans for the new YMCA Wayman D. Palmer building and a new Inez Nash Park.
It will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 27 at the Wayman D. Palmer YMCA. The address is 2053 North 14th St., but please enter from Franklin Avenue.