A couple of news items which may be of interest to the Neighborhood:
First: you may have heard about plans to use the building at the old Total Environments location on Old Highway 63 as a homeless shelter. The initial newspaper reports indicated that the intent was to have 40 people there overnight during this winter. Subsequent discussions with the relevant city officials changed that to being just 10 people per night in order to comply with health & safety regulations. In addition, the shelter will only be open from 8:00 PM to 8:00 AM, and there will be an armed guard on the premises from 11:00 PM until they close the next morning. A request for a conditional use permit allowing this operation from the first of the year until March 15th will be presented to the City Council next Tuesday. If you would like more information, or have concerns about the matter, contact our City Council person, Gary Kespohl, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-268-7651.
Second, and concerning the same location: it looks like Dave Fenton has started the process for C-P zoning on the rest of that parcel (part of it is already zoned that way), in order to locate his auto repair business there. This was the presentation Mr. Fenton and his engineer made to our Neighborhood Association previously, which met with general agreement at the time. The next step will be for him to present actual plans to the planning department for review.
Happy New Year everyone!