Fix the building so we can help youth, group pleads

Kim Stockard has a vision for Toledo's youth. To make it happen, she needs a little help from the City of Toledo.
Kim Stockard has a vision for Toledo's youth. To make it happen, she needs a little help from the City of Toledo.

SOUTH TOLEDO -- The building may be in disrepair now, but Kim Stockard sees what it could look like.

"It's going to be committed to a food pantry," Stockard says, referring to a room in a building right across from Libbey High School in the 1200 block of Western Ave. that Hope Community Center wants to put to use helping youth.

The touble is, the building's in disrepair.

"We literally had to knock out every wall," Stockard says.

Indeed, the plan has taken a huge hit recently because "the basement keeps flooding." In fact, it's happened three times in a year.

"We've been told it's the city line that's broken underground. But the water department won't help us," Stockard says. "We've asked and asked and asked."

Turns out that when the building was vacated, the water line was cut. The city says it's the owner's responsibility but that help will be made available, if possible.

Until they get the help they need, this group's efforts are stymied.

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