Posted Sep 18th, 2008 by Lisa McDuffie  Category: Business,


Toledo, Ohio. Lisa McDuffie, President and CEO of YWCA of Greater Toledo, announces completion of the sale of the White Tower building located at Jefferson and 10th, in downtown Toledo, to Rumpf Development, Ltd. for the price of one dollar.

Bruce Rumpf, Managing Member of Rumpf Development, states that “We are pleased to work with the YWCA to retain the White Tower as part of Toledo’s history. With the help of Jim Moline, 2007 HBA Builder of the Year, and Bob Seyfang, architect and preservationist, we will carefully dismantle and reconstruct the building at its new home at Ontario and Monroe. We have high hopes that the restored restaurant, with historic memorabilia, will become a ‘must stop’ by tourists who come to our city.” Rumpf adds that it was the advocacy of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and The Blade that led him to realize he could help the YWCA with its construction project and save the historic White Tower building. Documentation and dismantling of the current structure is expected to be completed within 30 days.

“It was crucial for us to sell this historic landmark to someone who would preserve it in a new location. We are pleased that Bruce Rumpf stepped up to do just that – paying for the dismantling, moving and restoration of the building just a few blocks away,” says McDuffie. The YWCA plans to break ground in early October for a four-story building, next to its current location, that will provide women and children with permanent, supportive housing. Plans are in place to launch a $3 million capital campaign that will allow renovations of the current domestic violence shelter and programs at 1018 Jefferson. With the completion of both projects, expected in 2010, there will be a total of 65 efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments in the two adjacent buildings.

“We look forward to beginning a new permanent housing program that aligns with the many other services we currently provide,” adds McDuffie.

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