Oct
08

Columbia Homeless Shelter Cash, Site Up In Air

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October 8, 2008

By ADAM BEAM – The State

Alliance seeks $4 million; lawsuit threatened on location

The Midlands Housing Alliance wants about $4 million from Columbia taxpayers for its homeless shelter — no matter where they put it.

But as negotiations for the shelter begin moving toward city-owned property on the Broad River, a Charleston development company with a nearby $40 million investment has threatened to sue the city if the plans move forward for that site.

The housing alliance — a group of business leaders, pastors and service providers — has been working for two years to put a homeless shelter on Main Street.

Intense neighborhood opposition, including threatened lawsuits and a zoning appeal, have led City Council members to propose an alternative site at Calhoun Street along the Broad River — where the city already operates a winter homeless shelter.

But that site is within a half mile of CanalSide, a planned 750-home residential development by the Columbia Canal. The Beach Co. bought the property from the city for $6 million and then spent about $34 million putting in infrastructure and building apartments.

ARTICLE SHORTENED DUE TO LENGTH….

LINK TO ARTICLE HERE:

http://www.thestate.com/local/story/548011.html
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This will be interesting to watch as it plays out. No matter where it is built, somebody’s property value is going to be affected……..
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Mike Dodds
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