- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Some $217,000 in taxpayer money will be used to remove asbestos from a northwest Ohio hotel, set to be demolished later this year.

The cost to remove the 45-year-old Toledo building now sits at $2.6 million.

A project consultant says the asbestos removal delays the project’s completion date from the end of May to the end of August.

The 19-story building has more than 260 rooms. It opened in 1970 as a Holiday Inn and cycled through numerous owners and name changes before closing permanently in 2009 as the Hotel Seagate.

Lucas County paid $1.38 million to buy the property in 2014. More than $4 million in taxpayers’ money are expected to be spent on the project.

There are no specific plans for the site after it’s cleared.

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