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Projects Have Elyria's South Side on Cusp of Change

By Lisa Roberson, The Chronicle-Telegram

The spark of change has ignited residents’ spirits on the south side of Elyria.

It started in November when Elyria voters agreed to rebuild the elementary and middle schools throughout the city. The south side will get a new elementary building at the Hamilton School site and a multimillion-dollar rebuild of Ely Stadium.

The construction plans have prompted questions about resources and opportunities in the community, especially as Hamilton’s Head Start program and the Elyria Public Library System will have to find new homes to make way for Hamilton’s demolition.

At Second Baptist Church on Thursday, dozens of residents sought answers in the first State of South Elyria address with presentations from groups including the Fund for Our Economic Future, Lorain County Urban League, Elyria Schools and YES Zone, a United Way of Greater Lorain County collaborative.

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