Hearing examiner approves relocation of Vancouver day center

first_imgHearing examiner Sharon Rice approved the controversial relocation of the day center for the homeless to 2018 Grand Blvd., the former state Fish & Wildlife Building.Vancouver City Council will vote Monday whether to purchase the building for $4.3 million.Rice said her decision is subject to conditions that must be met including implementing and adhering to a litter control and maintenance plan. Also, any outdoor waiting area must be physically separated from the public right of way.The day center is considered a human services facility and its relocation was subject to a 30-day public comment period as well as a hearing before Rice. Dozens of people showed up at the contentious Dec. 19 hearing and testified under oath, which is documented in her response.Many people were concerned about increased criminal activity, camping and litter that would exacerbate problems in an already downtrodden area.The property, which used to house the state Department of Fish & Wildlife, is located near where the Harney Heights, Central Park, Rose Village and Fourth Plain Village neighborhoods intersect. Some opponents worried that the day center would decrease home values and questioned why the city was spending $4.3 million on the building and another $500,000 on renovations.Others called the project a “Trojan horse” since there may be more services in the future to further draw homeless people to the neighborhood.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 0