Toledo council OKs $1.5M to buy 17 properties by Jeep plant

Jeep Chrysler Toledo Assembly complex Toledo Ohio
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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo City Council has approved the $1.5 million purchase of 17 residential properties near the Jeep Wrangler plant as it continues its push to keep production of the vehicle in the northwest Ohio city.

The Blade newspaper reports the measure approved Tuesday is part of the city’s incentive package to persuade Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to stay in Toledo beyond 2017.

The purchases add to more than 100 acres already acquired by the city that could provide space to expand the plant.

Toledo city leaders delivered their proposed incentive package to Fiat Chrysler executives in March.

The automaker is considering moving the Wrangler assembly line out of Toledo so it can be made with an aluminum body.

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