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Lawrence city commissioners delay key vote on proposal to move homeless shelter

Plans to relocate the homeless shelter in Lawrence to a building near the Douglas County Jail are being delayed at least another week. The plans will be heard at the April 20 meeting.

April 12, 2010

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City commissioners have delayed a key vote on a proposal to move the community’s homeless shelter to the eastern edge of Lawrence.

Late Monday afternoon, City Hall leaders pulled from Tuesday’s meeting a hearing for a special use permit for the Lawrence Community Shelter. Commissioners now are scheduled to hear the proposal to locate the shelter in a warehouse adjacent to the Douglas County Jail on April 20.

The item was pulled, in part, because property owners near the site are contending that restrictive covenants on the proposed site could prohibit a homeless shelter.

Staff members said they needed more time to examine those claims. The covenants for the Franklin Business Park regulate several aesthetic and design issues related to buildings, landscaping and parking in the business park. The covenants also state the park is for use by “business, industrial and governmental uses.” It was unclear whether the shelter, which is a Kansas corporation, fits the business category.

Comments

hunziker1 5 years ago

o for the love of god am i the only one that is sick of this of this eather say yes or no to the shelter and move on there is no communety that is going to to say put them here so piclk one and move on

bearded_gnome 5 years ago

its always east lawrence, isn't it.

and Hunt, we oppose the drunken/druggie shelter that enables people in their self-destruction, attracts a particular population of lifestyle bums from out of town, concentrates crime.
if the shelter had positive expectations and did not cushion drunken/druggie bums, I'd favor the shelter.


Staff members said they needed more time to examine those claims. The covenants for the Franklin Business Park regulate several aesthetic and design issues related to buildings, landscaping and parking in the business park. The covenants also state the park is for use by “business, industrial and governmental uses.” It was unclear whether the shelter, which is a Kansas corporation, fits the business category.

---good job on the covenants.

devobrun 5 years ago

"explain what Henderson is doing and providing that NO ONE else in town is not?"

A place to sleep.


"we oppose the drunken/druggie shelter that enables people in their self-destruction"

I do to. Now, instead of providing a shelter for these bums to stay, what would you do? Send them down the road to another town? Fine. But eventually, they will be back or new ones will show up who were run out of the last town they were in.

Henderson's remedy is not very good. I don't like it. Do you have an alternative?

Most of these folks are sad and miserable people. When given a hand up, they use the clothes, food, and shelter to stay alive so that they can get drugs. The alternative is some form of incarceration. Or should we promote their death?

And look the other way.

Jean1183 5 years ago

Great! Keep changing the date so that those of us who actually WORK to have a home, can't attend. I had put this date on my calender specifically to attend and voice my reasons that the new location should not be approved.

I keep reading/hearing that Henderson plans for the new location to have different "rules" about who stays, loitering around outside, etc. Why does he not put these into effect at the current location and ~maybe~ there wouldn't be so many complaints about it. Try it out there first!

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