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TOLEDO, Oh (WTVG) – “I’m really excited about the opportunity to see some of that investment go back into the city,” Meredith Ryburn, who’s from Toledo said.

The community has rave reviews for the downtown Toledo master plan.

“I’m really impressed,” Justin Veigel, who lives downtown, told 13abc.

For the last year, the 22nd Century Committee has been drafting plans to make the Glass City a little better.

Wednesday, the final draft was shown to a room full of people.

“These are things we think need to start happening now,” Andrew Overbeck, a consultant with MKSK said.

Picture this: more development in existing and new buildings for housing, retail and entertainment, a better connected downtown with bike paths and a network of parks along the riverfront.

“I really like the idea of the park all along the river,” Veigel said. “I think that’s really going to spur some development.”

“The riverfront really is front and center. It’s what the public has really identified as the key to the plan,” Overbeck said.

Another big piece of that expansion is the Marina District, which is already slated for some major changes.

“I think the momentum on a whole bunch of fronts is really exciting and we’re happy to do our part to help move things along,” Randy Oostra, President and CEO of ProMedica told 13abc.

The 20 year master plan also takes some of what downtown already has and looks at it a little differently.

Think about the SeaGate Convention Centre. Right now, it’s undergoing a market study to determine if it’s serving its purpose, as is, where it is.

“We’ve put some opportunities on the table. The point of the market study is to evaluate those opportunities,” Overbeck said.

It seems like a lot needs to be done, and while that is true, the committee says the vision is attainable.

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