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YMCA ready to open 190-bed Ohio homeless shelter

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A 190-bed homeless shelter that survived a legal challenge is set to open near Columbus on Monday next door to a day-center center.

Creative Child Care Inc. unsuccessfully sued for a restraining order to stop the shelter, arguing the county violated laws or procedures by allowing the shelter board to take over the rezoned property.

The Franklin Township fire chief had also refused to approve occupancy until all safety features, including sprinklers and emergency lighting, were in place.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday (http://bit.ly/Ws9PBW ) that the shelter, run by the YMCA of Central Ohio, will operate during winter months when demand for shelter elsewhere exceeds regular capacity.

Officials tell the paper they expect to receive a temporary occupancy permit Monday morning and open later that night.

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