At the Vermilion City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019, Mayor Jim Forthofer reported on the progress of Road To Hope (RTH). Road To Hope is the organization that purchased the dilapidated motel property at the east end of Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, next to Brownhelm Cemetery, to convert the property to recovery housing.

“...Jeff Kamms, Executive Director of Road to Hope, said they have received the state grants they were hoping for,” stated the mayor. “He expects a January or February groundbreaking of their new recovery complex in the old McKenzie Woods cottages.”

The mayor said this will be the 9th facility operated by Road To Hope, who has an excellent reputation.

“Kamms said they have found records indicating old McKenzie Woods structures were owned by Holiday Inn at one point,” added the mayor.

The mayor stated Kamms expects to be operating by next November. Mr. Kamms is also exploring acquisition of additional property for the housing of staff, according to Mayor Forthofer.

RTH has eight other facilities in Elyria, Sandusky and Oberlin. The Vermilion property will house Road To Hope’s substance abuse recovery participants. RTH also intends to move its administrative offices from Elyria to the Vermilion complex. A complete renovation of all the buildings is being planned. The complex will consist of eight two-bedroom units, four one-bedroom units, and will house 20 adults.