Judge Refuses To Block Homeless Shelter

The Community Shelter Board plans to lease the large building (background) for a winter overflow homeless center. Daycare center operators next door are concerned about loitering.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)
The Community Shelter Board plans to lease the large building (background) for a winter overflow homeless center. Daycare center operators next door are concerned about loitering.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU News)

A Franklin County judge has refused to block the opening of an overflow homeless shelter that’s planned for a building that sits next to a day care center.

Owners of Creative Child Care argued county leaders violated the law by letting the community shelter board take over the property near Georgesville Road and Sullivant Avenue in West Columbus.

Franklin County Common Pleas Judge John Bessey on Monday declined to issue a preliminary injunction.

The child care center had argued that the county violated laws or procedures by allowing the shelter board to take over the rezoned property. Day-care officials say they are sympathetic, but think the shelter would endanger children and hurt their business.

Comments
  • Elaine

    The daycare’s attitude smacks of presumption and snobbery. It presumes the homeless are dangerous. Seems to me the children would be better served by teaching them about homelessness and the value in reaching out to the homeless and helping them.

    • Sherri

      Elaine, I am a parent of children who attend that child care center and your assumption that their attitude is snobbish is just that, a bad assumption. You don’t know anything about the staff or that child care so dont assume anything. They serve some of the lowest income families on the Westside and have even served homeless families so they know the value of helping out their community. They don’t have to teach about homelessness, when they have families who live it everyday. Please keep your assumptions to yourself.