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Hospitality House a nice neighbor, say planners

A homeless welcome center can operate for at least another year at its downtown location, but center leaders need to make an effort to look at alternative sites.

Hospitality House, at the United Methodist Church at 230 South Church St., for the most part has lived up to the conditions that were set for the center when city planners approved a temporary use permit last year, Grass Valley officials and citizens said at a meeting Tuesday night.

But the Grass Valley Police Department did report a slight increase in calls downtown when compared to the previous period a year before. Specifics detailing whether the calls directly involved the center’s transients weren’t detailed at the meeting of the city Planning Commission.

“You’ve done an admirable job this year,” commission Chairwoman Eleanor Kenitzer told the Hospitality House president, the Rev. Don Lee.

All three commissioners voting on the item appeared to agree with Kenitzer’s statements, but Commissioner Kateri Harrison questioned whether downtown was the best location for the center. She also wanted more information on the police calls downtown.

“This is a very difficult topic for me,” Harrison said. “I fully support the (center leaders’) intent.”

Planning commissioners approved the Hospitality House in September, subject to reviews in December and this week.

Tuesday’s procedural haggling eventually ended with a call for a review of the center in a year. At that time, center leaders are expected to discuss other possible locations and police are expected to provide more details on crime stemming from the center.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion .com or call 477-4234.

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