Ted Rahal and Bill Owens will be on hand for the same meeting next week, but their aspirations for its outcome could not be more different.

Ted Rahal and Bill Owens will be on hand for the same meeting next week, but their aspirations for its outcome could not be more different.

"I'd hope what comes out of that is a better idea for everyone, and a reminder to some, about the services CRC has provided for the last 40 years, and also a reminder of what we hope to do in the future," said Owens, executive director of the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center.

"I'm hoping that they will look to relocate on either High Street or Indianola (Avenue)," said Rahal, a resident of Croswell Road.

The town hall meeting being convened by Clintonville Area Commission District 6 representative Jennifer Kangas regarding the possibility of the Community Resources Center consolidating operations in the former Columbus Cancer Clinic building on Ceramic Drive is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 7 W. Henderson Road.

Some residents of Ceramic Drive, Croswell Road and Roselea Place have voiced their strong opposition to the move ever since an anonymous letter was circulated in the area late last year.

They said their main concern is the potential traffic woes that would result from the settlement house bringing all its programs together under one roof in a building that was once headquarters for the American Ceramic Society.

The presence of the Ohio High School Athletic Association on Roselea Place already is the source of enough parking grief for residents without the addition of the vehicles the settlement house would generate, according to Rahal.

A meeting at the OHSAA at 4080 Roselea Place late last week saw cars parked all over the place, he indicated.

"In fact, the overflow is in the cancer clinic parking lot," Rahal said. "Parking is a big problem."

"I guess I'm not surprised by the interest in something that affects the functioning of our neighborhood, but I guess I have some frustration in that I would hope there would be more support for the obvious need for CRC to find appropriate space for its services," Owens said.

Michael Butcher also plans to attend the Feb. 29 meeting.

The onetime area commission candidate wants to defend his neighborhood from any further attacks, as he sees it.

At the CAC's Feb. 2 meeting, during which it was revealed that chairman John DeFourny is serving as the Realtor for the Community Resources Center, one of the ardent opponents to the relocation to Ceramic Drive read out a definition of a settlement house that stated its purpose is to serve residents of slums, and that the majority of the CRC's clients come from a section of Clintonville other than the one being eyed for a possible new headquarters.

That area includes Butcher's home on Indianola Avenue.

"I don't live in a slum!" he shouted, prompting DeFourny to threaten to have Butcher removed from the meeting.

"I wasn't very happy," Butcher said last week. "I felt personally offended. My neighborhood's not a slum. I proudly walk my two kids in my neighborhood."

He said that he spoke with some of the protestors after the meeting, and they told him they hadn't meant anything derogatory about that section of Clintonville.

"It turns out one of the gentleman who was opposed to it grew up at Midgard and Summit, and I'm like that's one of the neighborhoods you're calling a slum," Butcher said. "I don't care where the CRC moves, but I feel like at this point my neighborhood's being attacked for no reason. I'm a proud property owner. All my neighbors are."

DeFourny also will attend the town hall gathering, although he said the meeting was being convened by Kangas.

The CAC chairman told upset residents on Feb. 2 that his work on behalf of the Community Resources Center does not involve a conflict of interest because the commission has no authority over the settlement house and no way of preventing a willing seller and interested buyer from striking a deal.

No deal has been reached, and Owens has said much of the controversy over a possible move to Ceramic Drive is premature because it's not even certain the CRC could afford the property.

"The neighborhood's going to speak out their opinion," DeFourny said last week. "It is dialoging with the community. It can't hurt and it will help immensely. The community has had the earliest of notices before there's even an offer on the table.

"What I hope to achieve is it gets a lot out there into the open. It puts the building itself in focus because there are other parties that might have an interest and could move in without any change in zoning and others that might need a variance."

Rahal and his neighbors have been urging CRC officials to look elsewhere for a building in which all operations, including those at the current headquarters at 14 W. Lakeview Drive, as well those in rented space inside Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, could be located.

In particular, they have pointed to a former Goodwill Store on North High Street as an ideal site.

"I've certainly had people who live close to the Columbus Cancer Clinic and people who don't live close to the Columbus Cancer Clinic suggest that as a possibility," Owens said.

In fact, it was one of the top three possibilities in a study undertaken free of charge for the CRC regarding space needs by architect Tim Lai and his wife, Eliza Ho, but the location has serious drawbacks, according Owens.

These include the lack of safe outdoor play space for children in the center's after-school program and "the seemingly insurmountable cost, since, first of all, this is not a place that's up for sale, and secondly, this would be the equivalent of buying a shopping center."

"It's a big available space, but that doesn't mean that it's close to meeting the criteria for the services that we provide," Owens said. "I don't know that we're ever going to find a perfect place that meets all of our needs and provides the opportunity for growth, but we're going to find something that's as close as possible."

"I would hope they will be realistic," Rahal said.

He noted that Lifecare Alliance, which acquired the building at 65 Ceramic Drive when the Columbus Cancer Clinic moved to its headquarters on West Mound Street, has had the property on the market for four years.

"The building needs a lot of updating," Rahal said. "It's going to cost them a lot of money to bring it up specifications and all of that."