Columbus artist Ric Stewart combines his love of art and motorcycles, most notably through sculpture. We visit his workshop at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center where he demonstrates for us the “lost-wax” method of bronze casting.
Judge Sides With Shelter Board
A Franklin County judge ruled in favor of the Community Shelter Board Monday to move forward with plans to open a homeless shelter next to a daycare on the West Side. While it was a technical â€œwinâ€ for the Shelter Board, WOSU reports homeless advocates desire accord with the neighborhood.
Community Shelter Board Executive Director Michelle Heritage is pleased Common Pleas Judge John Bessey denied an injunction that would have temporarily prevented the shelter board from opening its winter overflow center next to a daycare. Now Heritage said she hopes all sides can reach a common ground.
â€œWeâ€™ve had many other locations where neighbors were initially concerned and even negative and against the work that weâ€™re doing and have come to find that we can be good neighbors and we can work together,” Heritage said. “And whatâ€™s really important is we continue to listen to the neighborhood, that we address their concerns very, very quickly, and make sure that we are always working in partnership together.â€
Creative Child Care sought the injunction while it moved forward with a lawsuit. The daycareâ€™s director Lori Russell has claimed the homeless shelter will hurt her business. But since Besseyâ€™s ruling, which Russell called “unfortunate,” the daycare has not decided if it will proceed with a legal fight.
â€œWe’re just really not sure where we’re going to go from here,” Russell said. “We all want whatâ€™s best. So at some point I would hope that we can all just kind of come together and kind of make that determination of what is best and kind of go for that goal.â€
The Shelter Board expects to undergo final code inspections sometime this week and be able to open the facility soon.
Creative Child Care said so far no parents have decided to seek other daycare options.