Local activists in central Ohio are trying to save a century-old downtown orphanage that officials say has become a hazard and must be torn down.
Last week, county commissioners in Newark announced they would seek bids for the demolition of the crumbling Licking County Children's Home. That came after a large section of the building's facade crashed to the ground, leading the county to fence in the three-story brick building. Two local business owners asked commissioners to reconsider. They are seeking support for restoring the building and converting it to a job-training center and affordable housing. The orphanage opened in 1886 and got decommissioned in 1975. After that, it served a number of tenants before closing in 2009.