Dorothy Day Center Proposed Location Scrapped

Updated: 03/10/2014 5:58 PM
Created: 03/10/2014 4:27 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The proposed location for the new Dorothy Day Center in the northeast quadrant in St. Paul has been scrapped, Mayor Chris Coleman said.

The Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul has been a resource for the homeless for 30 years, but overcrowding had lead to an urgent need for an expanded center to serve the growing need that includes building more temporary and permanent housing, and a service center.

The new center, which is being pushed along by city officials and Catholic Charities, would help people find jobs and get help with health care.

The task force originally proposed location for the new center, referred to as ReVision, at 321 Grove Street, Catholic Charities spokesperson Jesse Sorensen said. The task force had thought it would be a good location due to the transportation and community resources, Sorensen said.

After research and public comment, the task force ultimately determined to keep ReVision at or near the current site on Old 6th Street, Coleman said.

"We are confident that, with time, concerns about the proposed location could have been resolved," Coleman said in a statement. "Unfortunately, we don’t have the amount of time necessary to resolve these concerns."

A rendering of the proposed Dorothy Day Center ReVision.

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