- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Plans are moving forward to convert a dilapidated warehouse in Traverse City into an emergency homeless shelter.

The nonprofit Safe Harbor of Grand Traverse represents 24 area churches that want to make the building a 90-bed homeless shelter staffed by church volunteers to provide overnight accommodations during winter months. Plans call for the warehouse to be renovated within two years.

They must operate the shelter 10 years or the property reverts back to the city.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1XejzAN ) the issue has divided the community, with neighboring business owners and some area residents opposed, questioning the size of the facility and the ability of the volunteer organization to succeed.

City commissioners agreed Monday to transfer 2 acres of property, appraised at $475,000, for $50,000 for the effort.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com


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