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Akron's Homeless Encampment Drops Its Tiny-Home Bid

The sun sets behind tent homes in Second Chance Village.
Mark Arehart/WKSU
The sun sets behind tent homes in Second Chance Village.

The owner of a homeless encampment at odds with Akron zoning laws has scrapped plans to try to bring tiny homes to the property.

The Homeless Charity's Second Chance Village provides camping for about 40 homeless people and a donation center in the Middlebury Neighborhood.

The property is zoned for single-family residential housing, but Executive Director Sage Lewis had filed paperwork to try to get the city to consider allowing tiny homes. He’s since rescinded that request.

“That was the recommendation by Councilwoman Tara Mosley-Samples. The thought is that we don’t believe Summit County or the City of Akron is psychologically prepared for tiny homes,” Lewis said.

He said he may file paperwork to have the tent city designated as a campground in the future.

A spokeswoman for the City of Akron says the city  may start to enforce the current zoning after Thanksgiving.

Separate from the zoning dispute, a neighbor has filed a $50,000 lawsuit against the camp claiming noise and safety concerns caused him to vacate his property.

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Mark has been a host, reporter and producer at several NPR member stations in Delaware, Alaska, Washington and Kansas. His reporting has taken him everywhere from remote islands in the Bering Sea to the tops of skyscrapers overlooking Puget Sound. He is a diehard college basketball fan who enjoys taking walks with his dog, Otis.