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County to consider homeless shelter permit

March 21, 2010


Plans to locate the city’s homeless shelter near Douglas County Jail will face their first hurdle on Monday.

Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission will consider approving a special-use permit for the 125-bed shelter at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday at City Hall.

Planning staff members are recommending approval of the permit and also are recommending that the permit not be subject to an automatic expiration date. Traditionally, special-use permits must be periodically renewed by the City Commission.

Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter had asked that the permit not be subject to such renewals. Planning staff members said that makes sense.

“It is open-ended, but you have to remember that the City Commission can initiate a revocation of the permit at any time,” said Sandra Day, the city planner leading the review. “We’re sure that between all the agencies that work with the shelter and all the neighbors in the area, that there always will be quite a few watchful eyes on the property.”

The shelter is hoping to open a new facility in a warehouse building at 3701 Franklin Park Circle, which is just east of the jail, 3601 E. 25th St. The current shelter at 10th and Kentucky streets would then close.

The proposal has drawn opposition from several neighbors in the area.


bearded_gnome 8 years, 2 months ago

The proposal has drawn opposition from several neighbors in the area.

---understatement, eh LJWorld???

if this "shelter" were a real shelter and not a haven for the drunk and druggie, a lot of the opposition would go away.

stop fascilitating self-destruction and stop making the deserving homeless with local ties compete against the drugged-up, drunk, out-of-towners for bed space.

William McCauley 8 years, 2 months ago

Having that right next to the jail is only going to make those people want to leave to go back downtown and wander around in prairie park area looking for stuff to steal and let's not forget that Monday, Weds, Fridays the community building @ 11th & vermont host a toddlers play time, the mens bathroom has to be locked, according to staff because the homeless who stop by each day to use the mens & women's bathrooms for their showering stop and to urinate in the elevator, are also a bunch of pedophiles who shouldn't be around kids.

Nice to know that these are the perv's who will be wondering around the southeast area of town as they make their way back to downtown to panhandle and get their drunk on. Two weeks ago all the kids in the community building got to see the cops and medics haul off a homeless drunk from the mens room who was so wasted he passed out cold and the staff couldn't wake him, nor could the cops.

The sad part of all this is, no matter how many home owners in the prairie park area express how much they do not want this drunkards pass out pad down the street, the city and county will cater to the wishes of the people who run the place.

There is a nice former junkyard just north of town by the teepee for sale, no residential close by, river access for taking a bath and big fenced compound they can sleep in next to their bottles, and the empTy wouldn't have to hand out the free bus passes, they can walk the tracks or levee to downtown to panhandle and bum around the new 18 million dollar homeless lounge the city is going to build.

kernal 8 years, 2 months ago

How many minutes do we have to wait for some naive KU student, who grew up on the burbs, telling us we are all wrong about this and should take them all into our homes. Tell you what, they put that shelter out here, I will under sell my house and leave. I've had it with the stupidity about the homless shelter in this town. We DO need a shelter and assitance for the homeless, but for the Lawrence homeless, not those coming in from out of town. We are attracting convicted pedophiles, rapists and other criminals, not to mention the lazy. Many of our local homeless suffer from mental illness or are mentally challenged. Our tax dollars would be better spent helping our local residents with their cost of meds and help them to stay in their homes and find jobs they can handle.

hunziker1 8 years, 2 months ago

wow this town is realy not very informed when it comes to the homeless just vhew comments above

50YearResident 8 years, 2 months ago

hunziker1, after vhewing your post, please tell me where I am going whong?

William McCauley 8 years, 2 months ago

hunziker1 maybe you should spend sometime at our local community building watching the drunk homeless crew wander in and out of that place and while your done there maybe you can take a turn cleaning up the elevator they urinate in daily and you can also help clean up the restrooms they use for a bath and to pass out in daily before heading out on mass st, to panhandle.

Hey here is a better idea, how about you invite them all over to live with you at your house.

Deb Engstrom 8 years, 2 months ago

I am not naive and I am not a KU student, but this "take care of our own" mentality baffles me. Do we say that to those who retire here -- can't use our hospitals, nursing homes, Senior Center, etc. Or to the KU students from elsewhere, many of whom don't behave all that differently from those shelter guests you are referring to. it's not necessary to take them into your home (although some people have) -- just allow those who want to help them, to do that.

Liberty275 8 years, 2 months ago

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

honestone 8 years, 2 months ago

Worth repeating...A dry shelter for the local homeless would have my support. The Henderson flop house will draw a battle from most neighborhoods. Why doesn't he understand this and proceed???

kernal 8 years, 2 months ago

deb, quit reading things into a comment that are not there. That is not what I'm saying. My post refers to people who are already homeless coming to Lawrence for a free ride. There are different ways to run shelters. Enabling criminals & substance abusers is not the solution. This article is not about retirees nor is the posting.

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