Sunday, September 24, 2023

Neighbors, business owners pack Vancouver City Hall to speak on proposed 3rd Safe Stay Community

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VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – Metropolis Corridor was a packed home Saturday morning, full of Vancouver group members desperate to touch upon the newest proposed Protected Keep web site.

There are two Protected Keep Communities in Vancouver already, one at Northeast 51st Circle and one other on East Fourth Plain Boulevard.

The third proposed web site is downtown on West eleventh Road, and for a minimum of a month now, enterprise homeowners and neighbors have been voicing their considerations. In Saturday’s assembly, a number of folks requested whether or not there have been different potential areas and if they’ll see extra tenting downtown, which they stated they take care of day by day.

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The town stated tenting inside 1,000 ft of those Protected Keep Communities will not be allowed and their Homeless Assets and Help Workforce nonetheless implement that rule, as they do on the different two areas.

Tom Phelan owns a property inside a half block of the proposed downtown web site and stated whereas he desires the homeless group to get the assistance they want, he doesn’t suppose the placement is in one of the best curiosity of town.

“I’m involved concerning the security of the folks there,” Phelan stated. “I’m additionally involved concerning the aesthetics of it and the impact it’ll have on what I understand to be an up-and-coming downtown core space I’ve watched evolve over 40 years from actually a not good place to a spot the place folks wish to come, reside, hang around.”

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Linda Glover, who’s had a enterprise on Foremost Road for 20 years, stated the placement is smart, as a result of that’s the place a number of the unhoused inhabitants lives anyway.

“They select to reside downtown like I select to have a enterprise downtown and we have now to respect that,” Glover stated. “They’re right here and as a substitute of getting them camped out on totally different corners and being moved round and being shunned or yelled at, I actually suppose it’s clever for town to present them a spot the place they’ll go and really feel secure, the place they are often linked to providers the place they’ll take these subsequent steps to change into a self-sufficient citizen.”

The next online listening session will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and the Zoom link.

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