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Former church could become brewery in Rossford

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The former Saint Cyril Church The former Saint Cyril Church
ROSSFORD, OHIO (TOLEDO NEWS NOW) -

Some people in Rossford are outraged by a local business looking to set up shop in a former church.

"It's an abomination," said Kate Juhasz.

The old Saint Cyril Church has been vacant for years, but now it could re-open as a brewery. Juhasz says opening a brewery in the middle of a neighborhood, inside a former church, is a horrible idea.

"If anything, they should turn that into a senior citizen housing, renovate it for people," she said. "To have a brewery in the middle of a neighborhood is absolutely absurd."

But city officials say the business would be a manufacturing facility, and would potentially bring new jobs to the area.

"I'm not objected to it, as long as it brings in more jobs," said Tim Konwinski. "As long as it keeps the area safe."

Safety is exactly what Juhasz is worried about.

"You see it on the news, where people leave the bar and they're drunk and they get into fights, and sometimes there have been physical altercations and the police are called in," she said.

It's currently unclear if there will be a bar inside the facility. City officials say the idea will be discussed further before any final decision is made.

"This is a quiet neighborhood. This is a nice neighborhood," Juhasz said. "There are a lot of kids that live in this neighborhood, young children. We don't need that."

The building owner could not be reached for comment.

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