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Continued: New Dorothy Day shelter in St. Paul hits another obstacle

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 4, 2014 - 10:02 PM

Sage Holben, a library technician who is chairwoman of the land use committee for the Dayton’s Bluff council, said Monday that she found out about the proposed site in the newspaper. It’s hard to win the neighborhood’s trust, she said, “when the immediate community [is] the last to know.”

Cliff Carey, a carpenter who helped turn the Stutzman Building on E. 7th Street into an East Side showpiece, said neighbors are worried that Dorothy Day may add to the area’s panhandling problems. Attorney Jane Prince, a former City Council aide, wanted to know if Catholic Charities had a plan to reduce homeless camps in East Side parks.

A local businessman who was not at the meeting, Danny Klecko, said he welcomed the prospect of having Dorothy Day nearby.

“I was nervous when we moved because I knew our neighbor was going to be the Union Gospel Mission. Will they deter our business? But they’ve been a tremendous neighbor,” said Klecko, CEO of St. Agnes Baking Co.

Marx said he understood the concerns but believed they would vanish once Dorothy Day arrives.

“After a year or two, or even six months, people will think what was the fuss over, because we will be adding value to the community,” he said.

 

Kevin Duchschere • 651-925-5035

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