AKRON -- Akron City Council on Monday voted to eliminate 'Tent City', a campground where local homeless people are known to stay in tents.
Though Tent City sits on a private property, area residents have complained about the camp's noise, smell and trash. Sage Lewis, who owns the Broad Street commercial property, has argued with the city to keep the camp open.
According to court records, Samuel Adkins filed the lawsuit last November to close the facility and request $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The lawsuit alleges the facility is a "nuisance."
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that city council voted to reject a zoning request filed by Lewis. The Beacon Journal says council members Bruce Kilby, Russ Neal, Zack Milkovich and Tara Samples voted against closing the camp, while councilwoman Linda Omobien was absent.
Lewis has maintained that he would like to work the city to come up with a solution, beyond tent city, to end homelessness in Akron.
The city would like the move the homeless into more permanent housing shelters.