Angela Clay has been adamantly assuring residents of the 46th Ward that she's still carefully considering whether or not the FLATS Bachelor Hotel at Wilson and Clifton should be turned into a men's housing shelter (the fourth homeless shelter in a one-block area).
She said she will announce her decision, after carefully considering the viewpoints of stakeholders and residents, by the February 13th sales deadline set by FLATS, the current owner of the property.
But it seems the published Zoning Board of Appeals agenda for Friday, February 16th, tells a different story.
The agenda for the meeting (see above) has the City Council voting on the issue just a few days later ... and we all know nothing hits the City Council floor without first going through, and gaining the support of, aldermen in committees.
So, was there even a question of an open mind, or was this rubber-stamped as soon as her aldermanic eyes saw it? She is the prodigy of Helen "Concentrated Poverty" Shiller, after all.
There are plenty of reasons to find a different location for the "proposed" shelter:
- The middle of a burgeoning business district, where existing locally owned businesses will most definitely be affected. We have it on very good authority that the coming of the shelter will mean the departure of 2 Bears Tavern and Downstate Donuts, at the very least.
- Concentrated poverty is a real thing, and it's a bad thing for everyone. Can anyone come up with any other city in the entire country that has four homeless shelters in a one-block area?
- The other businesses in the area have opposed it in the middle of the commercial district.
- Not a single one of the surrounding block clubs supports this proposal, and have been vocal in letting the alderman know this.