Gilderbloom maintains conditions in the city for the homeless population are deplorable and in need of regulation, while Gordon writes that local shelters are already getting plenty of regulation, and the problems Gilderbloom mentions aren’t so bad.
Today BOZA set its foot down in the middle of the road, softening an earlier requirement that homeless shelters must be approved through new zoning regulations that haven’t been written yet. Until the Metro Council takes up the issue of putting together some new regulations, BOZA has agreed to consider applications based on the old system.
Which opens the door for Wayside Christian Mission to move into the Hotel Louisville property it bought at auction, possibly by this fall. Today Nina Moseley of Wayside said she hopes to move women and children into the property by November, before it gets too cold outside.
The building at Second and Broadway is zoned commercial, and experts say it’s likely to get approval to move in. In fact, it could continue to operate under current zoning as a hotel, since residents will be essentially using it as one.
There’s still a shady side to the story, with questions about why Wayside offered a bid, $10 million, that was way more than warranted, remaining unanswered. But unless Metro Government, neighbors or Jefferson Community and Technical College officials do something, the hotel is on track to welcome Wayside residents soon.