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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON — Plans to expand the Children's Resource Center, 17606 Coshocton Road, are once again moving forward. Matthew Kurtz, director of Knox County Job & Family Services, told the county commissioners on Thursday that he anticipates the final plans will be ready by late this month.

The CRC is a 12-bed residential facility for traumatized youth who need extra attention not available in the traditional foster care setting. It is operated by The Village Network. The county owns the single-use building; The Village Network pays the expenses, maintenance and bonding on the building.

The Village Network is coordinating the 15,000-square-feet expansion project, which Kurtz estimates will be in the ballpark of $2.5 million. “I think that is manageable based on what we are seeing in bond rates,” he said. It will be a 30-year bond.

Kurtz asked the commissioners to consider including pay for a project manager in the bond. “A project of this size may be too large to handle on a day-to-day basis,” he said.

In addition to the current 12,000-square-feet facility, The Village Network rents space in various buildings throughout the county. The additional space will be used for trauma therapy classrooms, administrative space, foster care training, art and pottery therapy rooms and a multipurpose room for working on gross motor skills. “The vision is to have everything there on the campus,” said Kurtz.

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