Church demolition begins in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Demolition of the former John-Knox Presbyterian Church began Thursday.

The church was built in 1917. Community Corrections Association closed on the property in February for $66,000. They are using an adjoining structure to create a 18,000-square foot halfway house for women.

CCA officials said that by taking on this project, they are increasing their services by 25 percent.

“We are demolishing it to help with the reorganization of Community Corrections, so we are looking at expanding our programs and the church was an unusable space for us for a variety of reasons,” said CCA Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Simpson.

CCA is renovating the former church education building to provide 25 beds for women. The $1 million project is expected to be completed by July 7.

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