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Neighbors to Fight Downtown Homeless Shelter

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October 5, 2008

By Adam Beam – The State

After months of negotiations — including a taxpayer-funded trip to Miami on Thursday — downtown Columbia neighborhoods have decided to fight a plan to put a homeless shelter on Main Street.

An attorney in the Cottontown neighborhood has appealed the zoning that would permit the shelter, proposed by the Midlands Housing Alliance.

If successful, that appeal could limit severely the alliance’s plans for the site at Main Street and Elmwood Avenue, once the home of the Salvation Army.

Meanwhile, in Elmwood Park, neighbors have passed the hat to collect thousands of dollars to hire an attorney to fight the shelter.

“It probably is a drastic step,” said Peter Korper, president of the Elmwood Park neighborhood association. “They feel very strongly about it.”

Cottonwood attorney Steven Fitzer is appealing a ruling by Columbia’s zoning administrator that a special zoning exception, given the Salvation Army in 1999, also applies to the Midlands Housing Alliance.

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