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Salvation Army Faces Controversy with New Location

City Councilman E. W. Cromartie is against the Salvation Army moving into a new Farrow Road home. City Councilman E. W. Cromartie is against the Salvation Army moving into a new Farrow Road home.

By Tia Pennix

Posted: 3/1/2010 11:08:03 AM ET

Columbia's Salvation Army's plans to relocate from Elmwood and Main to Farrow Road is running into possible roadblocks.  Columbia City Councilman E. W. Cromartie is one person who questions whether the new site is suitable for the neighborhood.

"We have been trying to increase commercial development there and we want that area to have a sense of neighborhood and having a Salvation Army there won't work," says the councilman.

The new Farrow Road building will be bordered by Davis and Dingle Dentist and a three-story medical office building.

"Once [the Salvation Army] gets in that location, once the feeding starts, they will never be out of there," Cromartie said.

Not everyone in the area agrees.

"It couldn't hurt anytime you are trying to help someone legitimately like that. I think it's a good thing," says Peter Shoars, the manager of Kimbrell's and Son's.

Salvation Army Area Coordinator Major Richard L. Jones believes the new location will make the community better.

"We are going to forge ahead and pray to God that all will work out for good for the betterment of this community," says Major Jones.

The Columbia City Council will meet this week to talk about soup kitchens and homeless housing efforts in the city, looking for a more coordinated approach to providing those services.

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