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North Side proposal=20
NAACP steps into mix against homeless shelter=20

Tuesday, May 9, 2000=20

Mark Ferenchik
Dispatch City Hall Reporter=20



The NAACP has joined residents of a North Side neighborhood to protest =
plans for a proposed shelter for homeless men.=20

Fred K. Parker, president of the Columbus chapter of the National =
Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Columbus =
City Council yesterday that it should turn down a zoning variance that =
would allow the shelter to open.=20

The shelter is proposed for the old Anchor Press site at E. 8th Avenue =
and Corrugated Way, just south of the state fairgrounds.=20

Parker told the council that the NAACP is concerned because it seems =
officials have not talked enough to residents about locating the shelter =
in their Milo-Grogan neighborhood.=20

"While the NAACP understands the need for resources for those who are =
unfortunately homeless, we do not view the relocation of the proposed =
shelter in the Milo-Grogan community as one which will enhance the =
property value, the economic base or the social structure of the area,'' =
Parker said.=20

He said it also seems as though the shelter is being aimed at a =
predominantly black community.=20

Small groups of residents have protested the shelter at council meetings =
each week since the Community Shelter Board on March 27 made a =
nonrefundable $30,000 down payment on the Anchor Press building.=20

Yesterday, 20-25 residents and=20

businesspeople -- many wearing white T-shirts that read "Stop the =
dumping!!!'' -- showed up at the meeting to present their case.=20

"We wanted to show full force,'' said Marsha Wickliffe, who recently =
moved back into the house she grew up in on Leona Avenue after 20 years =
in Cleveland. She said residents want to rebuild the community, and the =
shelter won't help do that.=20

City Council President Matt Habash said the council will not proceed =
without input from the community. Mark Barbash, director of the =
Department of Trade and Development, said he plans to meet with =
residents this week.=20

The council does not expect to vote on the zoning until summer.=20

Last week, the Community Shelter Board named Lutheran Social Services to =
run the shelter. If the council approves the zoning variance, the =
shelter would open in summer 2001. The board is spending $500,000 to buy =
and renovate the building.=20

The East Fifth Avenue Area Commission, an advisory group that makes =
recommendations to the council, plans to vote against the zoning =
variance at its meeting at 7 tonight at the Milo-Grogan Recreation =
Center, 862 E. 2nd Ave., said Matt Vaccaro, the commission's zoning =
chairman.=20

In other business, the council approved three contracts worth $1.4 =
million with contractors Gaddis & Son and McDaniels Construction for =
more than 900 wheelchair curb ramps. A lawsuit settlement required the =
city to install more than 3,000 ramps by the end of the year. As of last =
month, only 704 of the 2,756 ramps the city had bid out in 1999 had been =
finished.=20

Councilwoman Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, who chairs the council's =
public-safety committee, said Public Service Director Linda K. Page =
assured her the department is "on top of this,'' and will issue reports =
to council members soon.=20


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<P><I>Tuesday, May 9, 2000</I>=20
<P><B>Mark Ferenchik</B><BR><I>Dispatch City Hall Reporter</I>=20
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<P>The NAACP has joined residents of a North Side neighborhood to =
protest plans=20
for a proposed shelter for homeless men.=20
<P>Fred K. Parker, president of the Columbus chapter of the National =
Association=20
for the Advancement of Colored People, told the Columbus City Council =
yesterday=20
that it should turn down a zoning variance that would allow the shelter =
to open.=20

<P>The shelter is proposed for the old Anchor Press site at E. 8th =
Avenue and=20
Corrugated Way, just south of the state fairgrounds.=20
<P>Parker told the council that the NAACP is concerned because it seems=20
officials have not talked enough to residents about locating the shelter =
in=20
their Milo-Grogan neighborhood.=20
<P>"While the NAACP understands the need for resources for those who are =

unfortunately homeless, we do not view the relocation of the proposed =
shelter in=20
the Milo-Grogan community as one which will enhance the property value, =
the=20
economic base or the social structure of the area,'' Parker said.=20
<P>He said it also seems as though the shelter is being aimed at a =
predominantly=20
black community.=20
<P>Small groups of residents have protested the shelter at council =
meetings each=20
week since the Community Shelter Board on March 27 made a nonrefundable =
$30,000=20
down payment on the Anchor Press building.=20
<P>Yesterday, 20-25 residents and=20
<P>businesspeople -- many wearing white T-shirts that read "Stop the=20
dumping!!!'' -- showed up at the meeting to present their case.=20
<P>"We wanted to show full force,'' said Marsha Wickliffe, who recently =
moved=20
back into the house she grew up in on Leona Avenue after 20 years in =
Cleveland.=20
She said residents want to rebuild the community, and the shelter won't =
help do=20
that.=20
<P>City Council President Matt Habash said the council will not proceed =
without=20
input from the community. Mark Barbash, director of the Department of =
Trade and=20
Development, said he plans to meet with residents this week.=20
<P>The council does not expect to vote on the zoning until summer.=20
<P>Last week, the Community Shelter Board named Lutheran Social Services =
to run=20
the shelter. If the council approves the zoning variance, the shelter =
would open=20
in summer 2001. The board is spending $500,000 to buy and renovate the =
building.=20

<P>The East Fifth Avenue Area Commission, an advisory group that makes=20
recommendations to the council, plans to vote against the zoning =
variance at its=20
meeting at 7 tonight at the Milo-Grogan Recreation Center, 862 E. 2nd =
Ave., said=20
Matt Vaccaro, the commission's zoning chairman.=20
<P>In other business, the council approved three contracts worth $1.4 =
million=20
with contractors Gaddis &amp; Son and McDaniels Construction for more =
than 900=20
wheelchair curb ramps. A lawsuit settlement required the city to install =
more=20
than 3,000 ramps by the end of the year. As of last month, only 704 of =
the 2,756=20
ramps the city had bid out in 1999 had been finished.=20
<P>Councilwoman Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, who chairs the council's =
public-safety=20
committee, said Public Service Director Linda K. Page assured her the =
department=20
is "on top of this,'' and will issue reports to council members soon.=20
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