As a reporter, stories often lead to more questions and more stories.
I have been following the proposal by the Warren-Washington Association for Mental health to put a 29-unit housing facility at 47-50 Cooper St. Fourteen units will be set aside for people dealing with mental illnesses who have had difficulty staying in housing. Four would be set aside for survivors of domestic violence, six for the chronic homeless, and four would be family units. One unit would be set aside as a transitional unit for short-term stays.
Local businesswoman Elizabeth Miller, 1st Ward Supervisor Jack Diamond, his opponent in November's election Nancy Underwood, and other First Ward residents have come out in opposition to the proposal. They believe that the proposal, while a permitted use, in the light industrial zone, would be better served with a business on it. Click HERE for the latest story on this subject.
I have more questions so I am going to do more digging on the story. I would like to find out why an earlier proposal to put a 30-unit apartment building did not go forward. Also, there has been talk that the property had contamination and needed to be cleaned up. I am going to try to find out more information about the nature of the contamination and how it was remediated.
I would also like to find out how the association’s facility is working in Hudson Falls and I will be taking a tour next Wednesday to see their operation.
Other issues that have been brought up that merit further exploration are the availability of vacant industrial property and potential use and what can be done to control rising city taxes.
I am going to try to get some answers.