Sale of Erie Street Market part of multimillion-dollar deal

Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner today is expected to announce a tentative, multimillion-dollar agreement with California-based Tetra-Tech to purchase several city-owned parcels, including the Erie Street Market, as part of plans to develop a Toledo Riverwalk near downtown.

Brian Schwartz, spokesman for Mr. Finkbeiner, said the new development will advance the company's plan for the area along Swan Creek and "dramatically improve" downtown and the Warehouse District.

Meanwhile, Councilman D. Michael's Collins threat of a writ of mandamus in Lucas County Common Pleas Court against the mayor's office apparently worked and he was a provided a partial copy of a business plan prepared for the market.

Mr. Collins on Tuesday directed the city law director to take legal action against the Finkbeiner administration if it failed to meet his noon deadline yesterday.

Finkbeiner administration officials ignored repeated requests by The Blade yesterday for a copy of the document.

Mr. Schwartz said the mayor's office did not yet have the full report.

Mr. Collins yesterday afternoon said he had not yet read the document, which was labeled "attorney-client privilege."

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Remember this news story from December? Could it be that Columbia Gas may not be rehabilitating their Erie St. property out of the kindness of their hearts? It's possible they're prepping the land for sale. And by "It's possible", I mean "Without a doubt".

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
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You're a gem, HB. I'd completely forgotten about that one. True, the Columbia Gas site is right there, along with the city Water Department. This is just another "Toledo coincidence" which only reveals all the collusion behind the scenes.

So we're left to ask who knew, and what did they know? Did CG arrange with Czarty for the sale of the land parcel? Was Czarty's outrage a ploy?

He screamed when Columbia Gas said they may move outside Toledo, but there was little followup after the initial fracas. Columbia and Tetra Tech probably sat Carty down and explained why Columbia was moving, but not before getting him to sign a NDA. That's why we didn't even hear the city propose sites that Columbia could temporarily occupy during the environmental cleanup. They knew Columbia had no intentions of moving back to the Erie St. property, but couldn't comment on the project.

And if you ever see a company voluntarily undergo an environmental assessment, just assume they're selling the property. This is especially true if the company then performs an active environmental cleanup that requires temporary relocation. No company wants to open themselves up to liabilities lurking below ground and without an environmental assessment, they have plausible deniability. That's why a rep for Chrysler stated that the company did not know of any environmental contamination and that any potential buyers would need to perform their own analysis.

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"Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually dirty kitchen, and
five times out of nine I'll show you an exceptional man." -Charles
Bukowski

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

renovation of the old steam plant. All talk and no show

bill

There must be multiple species of snakes slithering along that river-walk. Never trust a man that points his crooked finger at you exclaiming he's telling the truth.

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