News Conference, 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2 at St. Anthony Catholic Church

Friday, June 01, 2018

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, former Toledo mayors Carty Finkbeiner and Paula Hicks-Hudson, and members of Toledo City Council will hold a news conference at St. Anthony Catholic Church, at Nebraska and Junction avenues, 2 p.m., tomorrow, Saturday, June 2. They plan to discuss why the Catholic Diocese of Toledo should save the historic and iconic church.

“As long as St. Anthony’s Church is still standing, I cling to the hope that it can be saved,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said Friday. “Once this historic structure is gone, it can never be replaced.”

“St. Anthony Church is an architectural and cultural treasure to that neighborhood and to the entire city of Toledo,” Toledo Councilman Peter Ujvagi said. “We need to save this building. Once it is gone, we will all realize what a sin it was to raze such an important part of our community.”

Councilwoman Yvonne Harper, who represents District 4, where the church stands, said the community should rally together to save the historic building.

“This church is an important part of our history in D4,” Ms. Harper said. “We should do everything we can to save it.”

City leaders are consulting with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in an attempt to halt demolition scheduled to start Monday.