Some people in the city of Whiteville in Columbus County have applied for a conditional use permit in order to open a homeless shelter and thrift store.
The location of 119 East Smith Street is not properly zoned for retail, which is why the people involved are applying for a conditional use permit. This location is actually in a residential neighborhood.
The shelter would home up to six people for extended stay periods up to possibly 45 days.
"Several residents living in the neighborhood near the proposed shelter are worried about the fact the place will be extended stay," Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann said. "They wonder what the homeless population will do with their idle time. They have concerns about the type of people who hang out near homeless shelters."
There will be a public hearing on this topic Tuesday at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.
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