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Local nonprofit seeks permit for construction of youth center with golf course

The First Tee of Lake Erie is seeking a special use permit to build a multi-million dollar youth leadership center on Hill Avenue.

The center, which would be located at 4450 Hill Ave., would act as a headquarters for the city’s local First Tee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing youth to golf, and a new location for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo.

Adam Reny, executive director of the First Tee of Lake Erie, told members of the city’s planning and zoning committee on Wednesday that the plan is for his organization and the BGC to collaborate together on programs for youth.

The initial plan is to develop a golf course and eventually a soccer field, event lawn, and more, according to the special use permit application. The site is about 40 acres and is currently open agricultural land.

Mr. Reny told committee members that organizers have secured about $5 million out of a needed $7 million for the project, and they’re still working on getting funds for the first three years of operations.

Several committee members indicated their support for the project. Toledo City Council President Matt Cherry said he was pleased to see that the group plans to use a local contracting firm, The Lathrop Co., for construction.

Councilman Cecelia Adams said this is an opportunity for the city to gain more recreation for youth at a time when the city can’t afford to provide such activities.

“Who knows, we might get the next Tiger Woods or whoever is the next sensation in golfing developed here in Toledo,” she said.

The proposal will be sent to city council for approval.


Posted By: The Toledo Blade on August 13, 2020.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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