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Temporary shelter to close Wednesday as Olbiston residents set to move back in

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The landlord of the fire-damaged Olbiston Apartments in Utica is in a race to finish repairs to the complex.

It's because the shelter for fire victims in the First Presbyterian Church is closing on Wednesday.

City Codes officials were in the building on Tuesday, as are contractors trying to complete the repairs the city is requiring.

Fire Chief Russell Brooks says the plan is to at least allow the tenants currently living in the shelter to move back into Olbiston on Wednesday.

"Basically, there's 30 people that we know of in the shelter who do not have any place to go, and we're working diligently," Chief Brooks said.

Local Red Cross officials say that while the shelter is closing Wednesday, they will help anyone still homeless to find a place to stay.

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