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Near North Village Residents Voice Concerns on Helping Hands Move
Near North Village Residents Voice Concerns on Helping Hands Move

A Monday evening meeting was held at Near North Village to discuss the future of Helping Hands of Springfield.

The charity wants to move into the old Ace Signs building. Executive Director Rod Lane said the move, which is needed because of the current lack of space, would not hurt the public.

“We’re just relocating our facility. Our individuals walk over here everyday anyway. We would be relocating our facility, which closes at 5:00 p.m. and reopens at 7:00 a.m. During those hours, no internal in or out traffic occurs.”

Lane added that the people his charity serves will be there whether or not there is a facility for them to go to. Public concerns were mostly centered around safety. Alderman Sam Cahnman of the fifth ward, where the building sits, said he’s still gauging what the public wants.

“Some people said they have no problem with it, some people are opposed…and of course, some people don’t care either way.”

On Wednesday, the Zoning Board will review the plan. It could come before the council in October, according to Cahnman.