Letter: Site would be ideal for homeless shelter

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While sitting in traffic jams on Patton Avenue, I often wonder why the city doesn’t try to purchase the old Kmart shopping center at Louisiana Avenue. It has sat there for years, empty.

It would seem to be an ideal location to house homeless people. It’s accessible to many bus routes; it’s near lots of businesses for job opportunities; and there are not many neighbors nearby to complain.

I heard it’s owned by Ingles. Maybe they could be convinced to donate it, or they could lease it to the city at a low rate.

The lot would seem to be large enough to accommodate both indoor shelters and more open, “low-barrier” spaces. Hopefully, it also would have a community kitchen.

— Joan Jordan

Editor’s note: According to an October WLOS story, Ingles has until May to apply for building permits for the site, or the company would have to launch its conditional zoning approval process again.


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4 thoughts on “Letter: Site would be ideal for homeless shelter

  1. k

    Or affordable housing for people who work along the major traffic corridor as well as downtown. Or some combination of the two so long as there are some rules. It might not be such a great spot to encourage low barrier lifestyle.

  2. gapple

    step up and lead the effort. Who would retrofit the facility to bring it up to code? From where would initial and ongoing funding come? Who would manage it? What requirements would be expected from users? ………………

  3. Nostupid peoples

    Thought you would like to know , we the people that are fighting and working our butts off for our own families to have a home are NOT on board with keeping up the homeless!!! The sorry city council department are the reason their flocking in here, sickening degenerates need to be replaced ASAP! If people would choose to use the tenth of their brains they would know this. I assure you they have a plan to stuff their pockets rather than give a crap about people’s lives! Let them open up their fine offices and place blow up mattresses for a few homeless. Dock their pay and lease out some hotel rooms with the money. Shove your actions where your mouth is leaders!! Your sick.

  4. Enlightened Enigma

    City already got screwed on one shelter deal and housing is not a function of government.

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