Jacqueline Pearson, a resident of the Cranes Landing senior complex at 3315 Mayo St. in Toledo, makes an official entrance during a grand opening ceremony Wednesday. Watching is Sean Thomas, director of the office of planning, preservation, and development for the Ohio Housing Finance Agency in Columbus.
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Officials from the North Toledo community group United North, the city of Toledo, and affordable housing agencies gathered Wednesday in North Toledo to dedicate a new senior housing complex on the former site of Chase Elementary School.
The $7 million project, Cranes Landing, offers one and two bedroom apartments to seniors ages 55 and older.
“I don't know how to thank everyone for listening to the senior citizens,” said Jacqueline Pearson, a new resident who shared her story at the unveiling Thursday. Ms. Pearson's mother is also a resident of the complex.
The brand-new building at 3315 Mayo St. is a blend of an urban neighborhood setting, yet overlooks the natural area of Manhattan Marsh.
The Metroparks of the Toledo Area have expressed interest in designating the marsh as a Metropark, said Scott Carpenter, an agency spokesman. While there are no cranes in the marsh, there are great egrets and great blue herons, in addition to other wildlife, he said.
“This is a jewel in North Toledo,” said Kathleen Kovacs, deputy director of Toledo's Department of Neighborhoods, standing in Cranes Landing's spacious lobby and speaking to the officials and residents who had gathered for the ceremony.
Resident LoRece Morehead said she loves the peaceful and quiet building and its many windows, through which light streams into her apartment.
“So far, it has been wonderful,” she said, standing in one of the building's several community rooms. “I would think anyone 55 years or older would love it.” The building is now about 20 percent occupied.
Low-income-housing tax credits through the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing provided construction financing for Cranes Landing, along with federal funds administered by Toledo.
The building is part of United North's overall neighborhood plan and investments, which include new single-family homes near the new Chase Elementary.
“When we do projects, it isn't in isolation,” said United North Executive Director Terry Glazer. “The projects we do are part of a comprehensive plan.”
For information about living at Cranes Landing, contact Tiffanie McNair at 419-255-8406, extension 311.