Wayside Finds Prominent Space for Shelter

Wayside Christian Mission found the ideal property for its plan to expand its homeless services, and it’s getting a mixed reaction.

Wayside, which sold off its East Market St. property more than a year ago for about $5 million, vowing to move its operations and perhaps build on Jefferson Street, never really followed through on that plan. Instead, it began shopping for an existing building downtown that would meet its needs. It originally settled on the old Mercy High School building on East Broadway.

But neighbors, led by the Original Highlands Neighborhood Association, put up a fight there, hiring attorneys and holding public hearings, sending a message that no, they didn’t want a new homeless shelter in the neighborhood. And today those neighbors hailed the news that Wayside was the winning bidder on the Hotel Louisville property at Second and Broadway as a major victory. An e-mail sent to neighbors that read, in part, “…Awesome. Wayside is not coming to Mercy.”

Wayside bid $10 million for the 287-room hotel and said it plans to convert it into a homeless shelter for women and children. The hotel was in foreclosure, and the Wayside bid caught everyone involved off guard.

In a WHAS-TV interview, Wayside’s Nina Moseley said she had reasons for bidding such a high number, but wouldn’t disclose them.

The single bid, at least $1 million more than some observers said it was worth, was a blow to the Jefferson Community and Technical College, which had hoped to buy the building for expansion.  Let’s assume that developers along that stretch of Broadway aren’t too happy, either.

But as it stands now, the hotel will cease to operate in a few weeks and Wayside will begin moving in. Officials from Metro Government said that at most, the move will require a conditional use permit, but even that shouldn’t be a problem for Wayside. No resistance from neighbors is expected.

As for the stigma attached to a homeless shelter on Broadway, just a few blocks from new developments and across the street from a prominent college, critics like Sen. Tim Shaughnessy, who told the C-J he wanted to use eminent domain to claim the space for JCTC, seem to have been taken by surprise.

Later today, the Coalition for the Homeless will release a report on the state of homelessness in Louisville.

33 thoughts on “Wayside Finds Prominent Space for Shelter

  1. Its about time they came to their senses. People will still think the “Original Highlanders” are nimbys though. But thats ok. A nice commercial area for 350 people by services they will need was a good choice for their new location.. Good job!

  2. In Louisville, no one asks the question of why we have so many homeless people and its not just the fault of the people. Its the fault of Metro Government and government bureaucrats that refuse to do their jobs. Jerry Abramson has had time to start putting people on boards for the homeless problem but he refused to do so. Some mayor there with no honesty and more corruption than the Boss Wallen days.

  3. Good job Chuck! What a valiant fight you lead against a bunch of homeless kids. Truly a noble victory.

  4. I am part of an organization that raises money, food and clothes for wayside. We also donate money to the Crusade for Children.

    Where did Wayside come up with 10 million dollars? I am not so sure they need our help anymore.

  5. Yes, good job Chuck. I think your efforts were a large part of why Wayside and their 350 or so men,women, and children did NOT move to the Highlands. Thank you!

  6. “Its the fault of Metro Government and government bureaucrats that refuse to do their jobs.”

    you mean politians like Bruce Lunsford?

    I’m pleased to hear that Wayside has found another location that is accessible to public transportation, although lacking in residential character.

    Frankly, this issue makes me feel ashamed that I am part of the larger Highlands area. Poverty and homelessness are not crimes. Yet, the Neighborhood Association has behaved as if someone proposed to move a maximum security prison to East Broadway.

    I must assume that some of you have no clue about the current state of economic affairs. Unemployment is rampant, especially in any field connected to housing or construction. Previously well-to-do families in affluent neighborhoods all over the Metro area are being foreclosed on and ejected from their homes. The people shunned by the Neighborhood Association are mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers.

    In the event that the members of the Neighborhood Association find themselves in similar circumstances of unexpected hardship, I hope they find more support and understanding then they themselves have offered to others.

  7. All I can say is that it’s a rough time for all…..I think it’s fitting and appropiate that Wayside will land at the Hotel on Broadway. If the City didn’t want that & the State didn’t want that , they both had plenty of time and money to make a deal….Hell, they can still buy it from Wayside, can’t they????…… So what if they have to pay a premium over the 10million….maybe they can call it a donation?
    I know they expected to get it for nothing, I think Wayside should sell it to them for double the price!

  8. $10M!!! The cash cow has mooed. Astounding that no one is questioning the fiscal responsibility of such a purchase – an organization that ALWAYS has its hand out paid more than the market appraisal amount for property in the central business district. Is this the best way to serve the needs of those less fortunate by buying at a premium?

    Look no further than the Healing Place, an organization that goes about its mission with responsibility. Their new facility under construction has transformed abandoned industrial property and will create a campus environment for their clients and residents while improving the neighborhood – property acquired for pennies on the dollar compared to the extravagant Wayside purchase. No nearby businesses or residents impacted. A true win for the organization and the community.

    Mercy too, was an ill conceived choice but for a different reason. The impact on an almost completely residential area would have been overwhelming and inappropriate.

  9. Just for a note for Matt . Learn some reading comprehension skills before getting on here to bash anyone. Let’s dissect this quote

    “In Louisville, no one asks the question of why we have so many homeless people and its not just the fault of the people. Its the fault of Metro Government and government bureaucrats that refuse to do their jobs. Jerry Abramson has had time to start putting people on boards for the homeless problem but he refused to do so. Some mayor there with no honesty and more corruption than the Boss Wallen days.

    1. I did mention that homelessness wasn’t always the fault of the people in that situation.

    2. My referenced quote mentions that people like Jerry Abramson were responsible for the homeless problem being such an issue.

    3. Abramson refused to place people on the task force to reduce or prevent homelessness.

    4. Exactly how the quote from above is beating up on some homeless kids is about the dumbest and inaccurate comment I’ve seen for a while.

    5. Matt decided to make stupid comment about me beating up on homeless kids which is far from the truth. I was advocating that Metro government should be doing its job to prevent homelessness like fostering the creation of living wage jobs.

    6. I think that Louisville, Kentucky needs a vast education overhaul with some of the people I’ve met in the last 5 years. I’m not sure if it was bad parenting, bad schools, drugs, poisoned water, too much glue sniffing but for sure there are some on this board who have the reading comprehension of an imbecile

    7. I’ve known several people who were homeless over the years, given money to people to help pay their bills, and did what I possibly could to help people, so some comment from uneducated schmuck doesn’t really bother me other than point out the fallacy that he was commenting upon. It’s obvious that common sense around here isn’t always so common.

  10. Did you know that families are the fastest growing sector of the homeless population? The term families, of course, usually includes children of various ages.

    Apart from the obvious dangers posed by homelessness, there are major negative long term effects for children.

    Homelessness Affects Children’s Development

    Compared to those with homes, homeless children have:

    -Four times the rate of developmental delays
    -Two times the rate of learning disabilities
    -Three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems

    Homelessness Affects Children’s Health

    Compared to children with homes, homeless children have:

    -Two times the rate of respiratory infections
    -Six times the risk of delays in growth
    -Seven times the risk of anemia

    Homelessness Affects Children’s School Attendance and Performance

    -41% attend two schools in one year
    -28% attend three or more schools in one year
    -75% of homeless children test below grade level in reading
    -54% of homeless children test below grade level in math


    Children’s Defense Fund: http://www.childrensdefense.org

    National Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.nationalhomeless.org

    National Alliance to End Homelessness: http://www.endhomelessness.org

  11. In a properly managed city, you have a thing called a master plan which charts growth of the city over the next few decades. In that plan you have a well thought-out strategy outlining where you’re going to put things – community services, retail, commercial, utility, etc. You make the plan, then you implement it. When a service like Wayside needs space, you already know where it’s going to go.

    Louisville doesn’t operate like that. If you have enough money and yell enough, you can build almost anything, anywhere. The Mayor will declare a an official day and ribbon cut ANYTHING. There is no consideration or thought put into long term growth and expansion….which is why everything in this town is chopped up into an incoherent nightmare.

    Louisville needs strong leadership in the worst possible way.

  12. Chuck, Dale, and David Harpe excellent posts!

    In 2006 I tried to make this rising crisis, and it is a rising crisis in my opinion, a part of the Mayoral election. I even used the reports from the Conference of Mayor’s where Louisville was mentioned as one City these problems would be getting worse in.

    Unfortunately, no one wanted to talk about that and since then it has gotten much worse. We have money to give away to Cordish Group but no money to help locals get and keep local jobs.

    We have money to give to Cordish but no leadership to oversee federal housing dollars.

    There is a trend. Bottom line if you pay to play with Abramson you are rewarded. If not go hungry he doesn’t care.

    We must invest in the future with the locals here and help turn this around. Unfortunately we do not have a leader who thinks outside his right hand.

    Problem is the entrenched politicans, including Abramson, have done a great job of dividing us all. We are so polarized against each other on issues we cannot control and the idiots stay in power.

    To get real leadership as suggested we must be willing to take risks in electing someone outside the traditional candidate.

    We must force the Metro Council to take control as they are elected to represent each person in 26 different Districts. By dividing the power we must work together and have a leader who demands such.

    Just my opinion as usual.

  13. “Astounding that no one is questioning the fiscal responsibility of such a purchase…”

    WHAS is. Nina Moseley was questioned about the fiscal responsibility of spending $10 million when the only bid was $1 million. Chase Cain really went after her causing Moseley to walk away from him.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the smugness I’m seeing in interviews with this woman is really beginning to bother me. She also seems to think that just because she bid $10 million she does not have to pay $10 million. I’m beginning to wonder about her mental faculties, also.



  14. Depending on the final price of the property, being $1M or $6M, if you divide up the remainder of the $10M Mosley is willing to pay for the hotel, would the homeless still be homeless??

  15. Has anyone taken the time to look at the real issue surrounding all of this hype? This building, no matter what the cost, is going to afford homeless women and families a place to rest their heads at night. The fact that people are making such racket over the pricing of the building is ridiculous.

    Is it not enough that Wayside was forced from their property that they owned for over 30 years and faced untold opposition at each additional step they took to find a suitable location for their shelter? This purchase is a bold statement to Louisville that Wayside can no longer allow the neighborhood associations and others opposed to sharing the responsibility of our city’s homeless problem to stand in their way and that decisive action on behalf of the less fortunate was more important than the all- mighty dollar.

  16. Colonel, please, forced is not the correct term. They accepted a very generous $5M buyout from a private investor. Seems status and money have blurred Waysides management when it comes to serving the less fortunate. Fiscal responsibility is essential to any not for profit. Find the facts for yourself – check out http://www.guidestar.net.

  17. Someone actually uses the word “forced”?? Nina Mosely wanted to leave Market Street all along – she played the game until she got the price SHE wanted. Ms. Mosely seems to think her tv time is more important that helping the homeless. Yes I agree she is so smug in all of her interviews and she wants to be right in front of the camera until the hard questions come out. Most people are self sacrificing and help because it is their calling – Ms. Mosely does it because it is beneficial to HER financially. Has anyone ever bothered to check Waysides financial documents? I have and she (and her husband – who is paid seperately another very nice salary) is making quite a bit of money and is not so honest on some of her answers.

    Time for everyone to reevaluate is Wayside is the place for our donations – seems to me like there are many more who really are concerned about the homeless situation only.

  18. Good points Mary. I would like to see one of our investigative journalist in this town file an open records request on Wayside’s financial statments. They are supposed to be a not for profit agency and I believe Kentucky law allows for records requests.

  19. damnit, hit submit before I was done….

    Colonel, Wayside willingly sold their property on Market street BEFORE having an exit strategy. Nobody forced them to leave.

  20. Kentucky law does allow for records requests but I thought Wayside was a FOR PROFIT organization.

  21. rumor has it gus goldsmith is financing part of the loan ms mosley made several visits to action loan prior to the auction and im sure it wasn’t to sell her gold maybe also heard gus had several heated arguments with mayor because of the jctc deal heard he threatened to turn hotel into a flop house for degenerates

  22. Hey Chuck, I don’t care about your blame game posts.
    YOU ran them off. YOU can sleep with that. The Mayor’s problems are his, but YOU own YOUR actions.
    Try and distract people all you want, but anyone with an IQ over 60 knows the Mayoral component to this has zero to do with your actions.
    My reading comprehension is just fine. I just choose to ignore your ridiculous attempt to blame this on the Mayor, since is has nothing to do with YOUR actions or really the discussion at hand.

  23. You know, here’s what I don’t get.
    Not a one of us could say a word about this if you’d just tell the truth.
    You don’t care about the homeless if it affects your property values. You live two doors down, that’s the issue here. it’s crappy, but it’s defensible and makes sense. This smokescreen about “it’s a better place elsewhere for the poor homeless folks” and “the mayor should be doing something” is bs, and everyone knows it.
    It all boils down to this, you don’t have the stones to just tell the truth, because then your public persona of Mr. Wonderful takes a nosedive. You talk the talk, but you won’t walk the walk unless it serves your purposes.

  24. we all know how christian charitable organizations work–you have to listen to them preach before the dole, and Wayside is far from perfect. however, in the current climate i don’t think we can afford to hinder the efforts of a organization serving the homeless when our government’s ability to help is diminished due to budgetary shortfalls.

    nonetheless, it appears that those evil bureaucrats are, in fact, trying to do something:

  25. Seems pretty clear that two commenters on this story have a personal grudge against one another, or at least one does with the other. Which makes the attack(s) moot and impertinent as they’re motivated by something other than what this article is about.

  26. No, only if you are incapable of reading what I’m saying.
    Yes, I do have a “grudge” against Chuck or anyone else that organizes his “community” to prevent homeless families from having a place to live. He’s lying about this. this is about his property value, plain and simple, and he’s been perpetrating this farce for months.

  27. So what if it is about property values to a homeowner….and homeless MEN, women and children that Ms. Mosely seemed to be very vague about from day one. Very misleading to the community. Everyone has their own agenda. As well they should. But still, Chuck was right on about 350 MEN, women and children moving into such a small, fragile, and finally upwardly mobile community. And Ms. Mosely obviously agreed. He is still a good voice for the “Original Highlands” Again, good job Chuck.

  28. Whats the issue with men, again? I live next door to several of them, they’ve yet to cause a problem. I bet if you think about it, you interact with tens if not hundreds of men a day.

  29. It is not the men, I love men! It is the fact that she straight up lied about men coming to the shelter at Mercy. Straight up, and then denied it. She started the meeting with a lie and she lost the trust of the community within the first 5 minutes. I was there.

  30. I was there as well and that is the problem with the Ms Mosley. There was just something about her. Kind of the shadiness that used car salesmen exhibt. If you have never dealt with her its hard to explain. At the same meeting they even brought a homeless resident just to be interviewed by the news.

  31. Carter Burger: Well, if you consider applying for a historical preservation permit on land you do not own while another organization is trying to move ahead with their plans to renovate a friendly move on the part of the EDBA/EMBA, then maybe Wayside wasn’t forced. Wake up. There are a thousand loopholes in law to give someone you don’t want in your neighborhood that “friendly” push. It is time that Louisville stops kicking Wayside around and lets them settle in a building that will allow them to serve the homeless population in the best way they can. Housing homeless people is a much more constructive use of that property than a multi-story parking garage, period.

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