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SB Common Council Votes Down Buttigieg plan for Homeless

SB Common Council Votes Down Buttigieg plan for Homeless

Postby Happy Mom » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:48 am

South Bend Common Council votes down Buttigieg administration's plan for homeless apartments

By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune 1 hr ago

The 1500 block of West Washington Street in South Bend may be the site of future permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless.

SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Common Council, acting early Tuesday morning after four hours of debate, voted 7-2 against a plan sought by Mayor Pete Buttigieg to build an apartment complex for the chronically homeless.

The council was asked to vote on whether to change the zoning from light industrial to multi-use for three city-owned lots in the 1500 block of West Washington Street, where the nonprofit South Bend Heritage Foundation planned to build the 20 to 22 apartments.

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An environmental assessment found that the proposed apartments site had three underground fuel tanks, all of which were removed in 2000.

Staffs with the Area Plan and city had endorsed the project, but the Area Plan Commission last week, after hearing 10 neighbors speak against it, fell short of the votes for a favorable recommendation to the council.

Marco Mariani, executive director of South Bend Heritage Foundation, had said the $3.5 million project would be paid for with $2.2 million from the state of Indiana and $1.3 million from the city — $800,000 in federal grant money the city receives and $500,000 in tax incremental financing money, which comes from property taxes. Construction is slated for completion in summer 2021.

The two-story building, on a two-acre site, was planned to provide “permanent supportive housing,” including mental health and substance abuse treatment by mental health care provider Oaklawn to those willing to accept it — people who are homeless and have been screened by Center for the Homeless staff through a city grant.

Oaklawn staff spoke in favor of the project, saying, contrary to near west-side opponents, the two-year-old Oliver Apartments in the Rum Village neighborhood have been a success, despite some early challenges.
“Over time this (Rum Village) neighborhood has begun to engage the folks,” said John Horsley, vice president of adult services at Oaklawn. “They’ve incorporated this group of people into their community … and begun to see them as members of their community.”
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Kaine Kanczuzewski, a project opponent who lives in the 500 block of West LaSalle Avenue, last week alerted council members to potential soil contamination at the site from past property owners, based on documents posted on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s websites. IDEM officials were not available for comment Monday, said IDEM spokesman Barry Sneed.

But Monday evening before the vote, Pam Meyer, the city’s neighborhood development director, told the council that South Bend Heritage cleaned up the site in 2006 with city funding. If any more cleanup is needed, South Bend Heritage will make sure it happens before it opens to tenants, Mariani told the council.

Mariani said video cameras will cover the interior and exterior, and security guards will be on duty 16 hours of the day.

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