City commissioners tonight will consider giving the Lawrence Community Shelter more options in its search for a new location to replace its controversial downtown shelter.
Commissioners at their weekly meeting will consider initiating a city code change that would allow homeless shelters to exist in industrially zoned areas.
Leaders with the Lawrence Community Shelter have said they are looking at several options for moving the shelter from its current location near 10th and Kentucky streets. Locating in an industrial area is an option shelter leaders want to consider because a shelter likely would face opposition in a residential area.
Executive Director Loring Henderson has confirmed that the shelter has looked at an industrial building near 13th and Oregon streets in east Lawrence, but said the shelter had not yet made a decision to pursue purchasing the property. He said the shelter also was looking at other industrial sites, which he declined to identify.
Commissioners meet at 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. The meeting time was moved up an hour from the normal start.