A Holy War is brewing in one Spokane Valley neighborhood. On one side: St. John Vianney Catholic church. On the other: Neighbors surrounding the church.
Why the fuss? The church wants to build low-income housing for senior citizens on their property, right in the middle of the neighborhood.
“Our mission of the Catholic Church is to meet the needs of the vulnerable, poor and elderly in the community,” church council member Marie Raschko-Sokol says.
In June of 2009, St. John Vianney bought a parcel of property adjacent to their church and school. They intended, from the beginning, to bulldoze a vacant house on the property and build an apartment building with 40 units. The apartments would be subsidized housing for low-income seniors.
“It would really enhance the neighborhood,” Raschko-Sokol says.
The only problem: Almost no neighbors in the immediate vicinity agree. In fact, most utterly, and completely, disagree.
“I think it’s the wrong location,” says Mark Rothschild, who lives right across the street. “This is a quiet residential neighborhood.”
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