The Birmingham neighborhood residents had some choice words for city leaders about plans to expand the Collins Park water treatment plant.
"This is just crazy," Marsha Taylor, who lives in the neighborhood said.
The plant needs millions of dollars in repairs, mandated by the EPA. In order to meet those requirements, it has to expand to accommodate the upgrades. So, the city asked neighbors along Collins Park Avenue if they were willing to sell their homes, just in case the city needed that space.
"If they're willing to sell, we're willing to buy," Dave Welch, the Director of Public Utilities, said. "We're putting some property together so when we get in there to build the pole barn and substation we'll have that property."
But residents say Toledo leaders had no right to do that, especially since they don't have a specific plan on paper.
"These are some of the wonderful homes of the neighborhood and we're all passionate about them," Bettye Deaniello, Vice President of the Birmingham Development Corporation said.
Many people were also worried about Collins Park, an area described as the jewel of the neighborhood.
"We're not going to let you take our park. It has no swings or anything but it is part of who we are," Deaniello said.
Despite concerns, Welch says there are no plans to touch it.
Everyone seems to agree, the plant needs upgrades, but the Birmingham residents aren't ready to hand over their neighborhood without more information from the city.
The Birmingham Development Corporation is helping coordinate a task force that will meet with city leaders to decide what's next.