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Archive for Friday, November 6, 2009

Public invited to forum on proposal for new homeless shelter on East 23rd Street

November 6, 2009

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Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter will hold a public forum next week to discuss a proposal to build a new shelter in eastern Lawrence.

A public forum on the project is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club offices at 1520 Haskell. The shelter has filed plans with the city to build a new shelter on the site of the former Don’s Steakhouse building at 2176 E. 23rd St.

Loring Henderson, director of the current downtown shelter, will be on hand to answer questions about how the new shelter would operate. Architects and engineers for the project also will be available to answer questions about the site.

Shelter leaders are seeking a new location because they say their downtown shelter no longer has adequate space.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider a request to rezone the property and recommend a special-use permit for the shelter at its Nov. 16 meeting. City commissioners ultimately will need to give final approval to the project.

Comments

bd 5 years, 1 month ago

Build it and they will come!!!!!!

monkeyhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"Shelter leaders are seeking a new location because they say their downtown shelter no longer has adequate space. "

Here is another suggestion worthy of consideration: move the shelter into a smaller space.

Nde 5 years, 1 month ago

There is a point when you have to stop helping those who do not want to help themselves. It was said earlier, that the homeless were out-of-townees or passer-buyers, well, why not buy them one way tickets back to where they came from or where they were going. That will cut the number of homeless people and will save millions of TAX PAYER money. We sure as hell don't need to build a place for them to get comfy and leech off our hard earned money!

hipper_than_hip 5 years, 1 month ago

They should move the homeless shelter into the Hereford House. There's shopping and grocery stores close, and McD's can provide entry level jobs. And it's easier access to & from Topeka.

Raider 5 years, 1 month ago

This is a bad idea locating these people out east. We all know these people will make a bee-line downtown where they can beg, borrow and mug. Let's not forget they want access to the bars and booze downtown as well.

So why is this location so bad? It's bad because these people will walk through several residential neighborhoods and past numerous schools and daycare centers. Do we really want these people near our kids and elderly? Are we willing to sacrfice our safety? Property crimes in this area of the city will soar out of control.

If the city has to support these people, then put them far away from schools and residential areas. What's wrong with the nearly abandoned Tanger Outlet? It's right on I-70, and there is plenty of empty space to open up all of the neccessary free services these people require. It's also far away from homes, schools and daycares.

I encourage people to attend this rally and protest the placement of the new shelter in a residential area.

fuel_for_the_fire 5 years, 1 month ago

Sierra: I have no problem with change, but this proposal is not the kind of change Lawrence needs. If reports provided by the LJW staff are correct then the plans for this building require the purchase of 1.45 acres of the Farmland site. The chief of KDHE's remedial section, Rick Bean, has stated that the department will oppose an attempt to purchase the 1.45 acres. Why is the city commission willing to hold a hearing for a re-zoning request and a special-use permit when the land required for the plans has yet to be acquired?

Is this really the best location for a community shelter or is the current owner of the 'Don's steakhouse' property trying to unload some real estate and thus, is calling on his friends at city hall to help him out?

I'd also like to know what Doug Brown's commission will be if this plan is approved.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Raider, your comments are very ugly. The danger of "those" people walking down the street! Walking past children and the elderly! I do not appreciate being seen as childish because of my age, weak, timid and fearful I lived in the SA shelter for eight months and not once was I even remotely threatened. Homeless people are more likely to be attacked than to attack. Don't be like Scrooge with your money held tightly in your fist, which is the size of your heart.

monkeyhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"If reports provided by the LJW staff are correct then the plans for this building require the purchase of 1.45 acres of the Farmland site."

Could it be??

"In other business, commissioners:

• Were told that a significant economic development project may be coming the city’s way. In an unusual move, Corliss met with one to two commissioners at a time prior to the meeting to provide them a briefing on a subject. Corliss would not comment on those discussions, but he said during the meeting that an economic development project may be added to next week’s commission meeting."

Sulla 5 years, 1 month ago

Put one near or in Alvamar, I've always said. Better trash, they got a few swanky liqour stores and those golf-playing/dog-walking robots in that 'hood need some character(s)....

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Consumer, on reflection I will have to admit, with reluctance, that you are right. I think I feel guilty to think I got out when so many others haven't. I know of those who have wasted every opportunity they have had. I want to think there is a way to get though to these people and get them to change. I really do believe there is potential there, so many lives going to waste because there is no one to give them the kind of push and support they need, not the kind they want.

emptymind 5 years, 1 month ago

This is a bad idea locating these people out east. We all know these people will make a bee-line downtown where they can beg, borrow and mug. Let's not forget they want access to the bars and booze downtown as well....

Raider, you might pray you'd never become homeless somewhere, your words could come back to you.

Have some compassion. Have you ever been homeless?

belkin 5 years, 1 month ago

East Lawrence Shelter Location is close to: Elementary Schools Gas Stations Liquor Stores Restaurants So we are not concern about our kids, local businesses, or properties, we just need more room to let people know we care. The need of a few outweighs the need of the many. I guess that’s cool.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't believe for a moment that the homeless are a threat to children. That is fear mongering. Owning property sure brings out the best in people, doesn't it?

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