It's official. North Toledo is to be called ONE Village.
At least, that's the name neighborhood organizers want their part of Toledo to be known as.
ONE Village (the first word stands for Old North End) is the name residents adopted last night at a meeting in the Waite Brand Auditorium, which used to be part of the former Riverside Hospital.
It was one of three entries voted on. The others were Founder Village and Polaris Skyway.
The name change is part of an effort to improve the image of North Toledo, which is the venue of riots and crime in the minds of many.
Two North Toledo improvement groups - the Lagrange Development Corp. and NorthRiver Development Corp. - are behind the renaming effort.
Terry Glazer, Lagrange Development's executive director, said the goal is not to eliminate familiar and historic names such as "Lagrange" and "Vistula."
"ONE Village is the name we want to replace North Toledo as a whole," he explained.
In other action at the meeting last night, the memberships of Lagrange Development and NorthRiver Development unanimously approved a merger of the two groups under the name United North.
The merger is expected to achieve efficiencies and ensure the groups are working in the same direction, said Stan Kolebuck, who is a NorthRiver board member.
Mr. Glazer added that the two groups' funding sources must sign off on the merger, which will not become effective before January.