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Akron Tent City asks zoning board to reopen in spring

Posted at 10:05 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 23:17:26-05

AKRON — While many have a warm bed to crawl into, that's not the case for some folks in Akron. One month after Tent City shut its doors, the owner of the property is pushing for it to reopen by spring.

Second Chance Village owner Sage Lewis will speak in front of council on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to speak.

Akron City Council voted against rezoning the 15 Broad Street location. It closed after roughly two years on January 5, with 46 people living there.

With brutal temperatures coming to Northeast Ohio, Lewis said now is the time these folks need a place to stay.

“People right here, tonight, are living in the woods. If they’re lucky, in tents. There are many people living in abandoned buildings with no heat, no water in dilapidated, dangerous places," Lewis said.

Second Chance Village is a warming center, but people are not allowed to stay the night.

While the center is normally open select hours of the day, it will be open all week around the clock due to the weather.