City Commission Approves One-Stop Homeless Shelter
Published June 7th, 2013
Gainesville, Fl. -- Plans are moving ahead on creating the long-awaited one-stop center for homeless people in Gainesville.
City commissioners unanimously approved a plan Thursday to purchase the former Gainesville Correctional Institute to become the city's one-stop homeless shelter.
However litigation is ongoing over a previously considered site on Northwest 53rd Avenue.
As part of a planned two-step acquisition process, the city would buy part of the GCI property for $753,000.
A settlement agreement between business park owner Ropen Nalbandian and the city has been in negotiations for months but now faces another setback.
An offer would have donated a piece of land on Waldo Road on the condition that no other property within one mile of Nalbandian's 53rd Avenue property could be developed into a shelter, and the city would pursue the purchase of GCI.
His attorney says the original settlement was violated when the city attempted to change current zoning laws allowing a homeless center within the designated one mile area.
The city could also face further legal troubles.
ADC Development & Investment group, the owner of the property in question on Northwest 53rd Avenue, sent a letter to they city saying the city negotiated with them in "bad faith" and are now threatening legal action.
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