Former MLK library to become Near East Side community wellness center

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – As a child growing up on the Near East Side, Dr. Joshua Joseph remembers attending community meetings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library with his mother.

Formerly an eastern outpost of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the building at 1600 E. Long Street with its blue gazebo now stands empty after the library moved into a new building down the street in 2018. Soon, it will reopen its doors to Near East Side residents – although not as a library.

Last week, Ohio State University’s Board of Trustees approved a $5.1 million renovation of the former library into a Healthy Community Center with Joseph, an endocrinologist and researcher at the Wexner Medical Center, as its medical director. The center will not be a clinical space – rather, Joseph said it will be a wellness-focused supplement to health care aimed at mitigating health disparities for low-income and marginalized residents.

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