SWANTON — Their dream to fill an important void for young, autistic adults begins with a name that is both catchy and inspirational: Growing Hope Farm.
But Laura Cole said Nexus Gas Transmission’s plans for a 250-mile natural gas pipeline is like a hard hit to her gut.
Mrs. Cole said she and her husband, Jim Cole, were stunned to learn last August the pipeline project — one of at least two major ones planned for northwest Ohio in light of the state’s massive growth in natural gas production — will likely traverse the 50-acre site the couple purchased off U.S. 20A in Fulton County, west of Swanton.
They bought the land four months earlier, on April 24, to begin work on an ambitious project that they plan to do under the auspices of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Growing Hope Farm is to help more than 40 Lucas and Fulton county residents with autism — ages 18 to 26 — learn important life skills, including the camaraderie of teamwork.