Council vote clears way for student housing near the University of Toledo


Toledo City Council today approved a zoning change to clear the way for a new apartment building to house college students on West Bancroft Street near the University of Toledo

Council voted 9-2 in favor of the change for 2565 to 2661 Bancroft. Councilmen Tyrone Riley and Jack Ford voted against. Councilman Matt Cherry was not present for the meeting.

Developers plan to demolish a former night club, coffee shop, and other buildings on Bancroft near campus for the $27 million construction project to put up a 143-unit building designed to appeal to college students.

The developer needed a special-use permit and zoning of mixed commercial-residential on the 6½-acres at the southeast corner of Bancroft and Westwood Avenue. The plans won approval from the city plan commission and from council’s own zoning and planning committee, where it was the subject of about 90 minutes of discussion.

Mr. Riley said complaints from some neighbors in the adjacent Bancroft Hills subdivision gave him reservations about the project.

The builder, Guy Totino, of Cleveland, refused to answer questions about the project.