Fremont and Wallingford residents who live close to the empty Thunderbird Motel/Fremont Inn on Aurora received letters from Catholic Community Services (CCS) about a meeting they’re holding tomorrow (Wednesday, 7/13) to discuss the site’s future. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Avenue N.) Before it was sold in 2010, the Aurora Avenue motel had a long history of being a “chronic nuisance”.
The CCS letter provides some insight into their proposed plans of low-income housing:
Our project includes constructing a new secure access four story building that will include approximately 71 studio and one-bedroom apartments. These units would be available to people who have experienced homelessness and who have incomes below 30% of the area median income. The building would also provide case management and other on-site support services to assist the tenants.
Reader Joe Donato is one of the Wallingford residents invited to the meeting, and he shared his thoughts about the plan in an email to us:
I actually don’t have a problem with such a unit being built near me. For the most part people would need to cross the pedestrian bridge at 41st to get into Wallingford, but it could lead to more break ins and crime in our community. But I feel there has to be someplace for these people to go. It’s time to stop shuffling people around and give them a place to get there life back.
The PI has additional details about the site and the plans, including a slide show of the proposed designs. Click here to read the article.
Thanks for the tip, Joe!