Former homeless shelter being renovated into apartments

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What's old is new again.

The Faith Mission homeless shelter has housed homeless men and women for 50 years.

It started with 12 people. Today it serves nearly 300.

But when a local developer offered to buy the building for nearly a half-million dollars, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio says it was an opportunity it couldn't pass up.

It took the offer and renovated a vacant Verizon building next door to its headquarters. The move makes it easier for the homeless to get their meals instead of walking a few blocks.

The new shelter is not only larger, and brighter, but it allows the mission to provide single beds, instead of bunk beds, for those it serves.

Meanwhile, development at its old location on Long and Sixth is moving along with the hope that paying tenants will move in by the end of the year.

The first floor of the building will be a 31-space parking garage with rooms on the second and third floors.

10TV attempted to reach the developer, Don DeVere for details on pricing, but he was not available.