It was surprising for me to learn about the North Bend Planning Commission meeting to discuss the addition of a Warming Center at the College Park Church in a residential neighborhood at 11 p.m. the night before the meeting. The Commission was told by the pastor of the church that the neighbors had been notified ... that was certainly not the case.
His congregation was also not involved in this decision or communicated about it. The church is zoned residential and is in the middle of a residential neighborhood with nearby family accessed parks and South Coast Head Start ... this is not the place for a facility of this type. It invites the addition of a flood of people into the area for only 23 beds.
Where do the rest of the people who get turned away move on to but the residential neighborhood? We heard from numerous people who provided public comment that the church allowed people to camp in their parking lot without a trespass and the nearby neighbors had people defecating on their lawns, cars broken into and fear for their families and their property values. Perhaps the Bay Area church community should consider the purchase of a facility in an industrial zone rather than in the backyard of a neighborhood to serve children and families. The Commission should just say NO.