LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Wayside is having growing pains. The emergency shelter at Jefferson and Jackson currently sleeps around 360 people-- but the demand is great. Wayside is planning an expansion--demolishing part of the shelter and adding on-- going from 360 to 640 beds.
“Wayside would have the opportunity to serve a slightly greater population with more programs,” Tim and Nina Moseley’s attorney Bill Bardenwerper said.
Today Wayside's Tim and Nina Moseley took their plans to the Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment. The board was concerned about that increased number of beds. Wayside is now faced to consider other options.
“It can redesign or it can move elsewhere, or it can arbitrarily cut that number down from 640 to say 550 or something like that,” Bardenwarper said.
To Wayside the expansion is imperative. The state needs about half of this land to build an on ramp for the Ohio River Bridges Project.
“The Highway Department right now under the agreement gets that property in March of 2015,” Bardenwerper said.
That gives Wayside just a year and a half to build a new shelter, vacate the existing one, and begin renovations. But not everyone is on board. Kentucky Prosthetics and Orthotics is on the same block and the owner says although he respects the mission, he believes the shelter has blighted the area.
“They are a difficult neighbor to be with. Anytime you have a mega shelter like that and want to expand it's not a good idea,” owner Matthew Hayden said.
Hayden thinks with all the growth and investment in the area, shelters like Wayside should look to disperse the homeless throughout different areas in the city.
“I think they contribute a great deal to the vagrancy around this property. It’s the increased police calls and the alcoholism that's occurred in this block,” he said.
Wayside isn't giving up on their commitment to help the Kentuckiana homeless. They plan to review their plans and meet with concerned neighbors and businesses. The Metro Board of Zoning Adjustment voted to continue the case until September 23rd.