YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley believes that they found the property for their anticipated new shelter.
They said the current building, which is about 100 years old, can no longer meet the needs of the mission.
The initial plan was to build on 17 acres that the mission owns on the south side of Youngstown. However, the land is miles from hospitals and other services that people at the mission need.
This led director John Muckridge to contact the county land bank about an empty property at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Oakland Avenue.
“We’re literally talking a few hundred feet up the road. Same side of the road, same road. It keeps up on the north side, closer to these resources,” says Muckridge.
There will be a meeting next week to discuss the plan.
“We decided to have a town hall meeting April 16 to show the community what we are hoping to do,” Muckridge says.
Mayor Brown and Councilman Pinkard will host the meeting at the Eugenia Atkinson Rec Center on Otis Street at 5:30 p.m.
Before the project can move forward, the city has to agree to sell the land to the mission.
The director says as soon as the city of Youngstown approves the deal, they can break ground and start building the new shelter on the north side.
The public is welcome to attend the meeting to hear more about the plan to replace the shelter.