Dallas parents wary about homeless housing plan downtown

Downtown Dallas is in the midst of a revitalization. Upscale apartments and condos are going up everywhere.

But a planned development next to a church is raising eyebrows.

First Presbyterian Church runs the daycare that enrolls 130 children. In the adjacent lot, a private developer plans to build apartments for the homeless, and daycare parents like Chris Collins don’t like it.

“Our main concern is that it only takes one person to relapse or fail to take their medication for our child to be in danger or for something to happen,” he said.

Hamilton Properties wants to finance the $14 million, 146-unit apartment building with state tax credits and $1.3 million in city financing.

Hamilton says tenants would be screened, given supportive services, and noted there would be 24-hour security.

The church doesn’t oppose the project. Just across the street, the church runs the Stewpot for the homeless.

But parent Kodi Collins says the housing project is too close to the daycare. “The thing that we are most concerned about is the location not having any buffer room for our children,” she said.

As a possible solution, the church has an option to buy a building across from City Hall and offered it to the developer as a swap. But the developer said the apartment project is too far along.

Read more at WFAA.com

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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