Lawmakers, family members protest closing of YDC in Mineral Ridge

YDC location in Mineral Ridge closing family members protesting

MINERAL RIDGE, Ohio (WYTV) – Local and state lawmakers joined family members and staff of the Youngstown Developmental Center got on a bus headed to Columbus Thursday.

The group is going to testify and sit in on hearings on whether to set up a 13-member committee to review the state’s decision to close the center in Mineral Ridge.

Robin Tarr’s brother is a client of YDC and she says Columbus needs to see first hand the impact their decision is having.

“I am going to fight. There are a lot of states going through this,” Tarr said. “New Jersey went through this. New Jersey fought and they won. I am going to fight this until it kills me, until I know my brother is safe.”

State officials announced earlier this year the Mineral Ridge facility was not financially viable and would close by 2017. Residents would be relocated to other facilities.

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