Crossroads officials to meet with neighbors

August 24, 2018

As Crossroads Center Rescue Mission looks to renew its conditional use permit and sublet a portion of its property to Mosaic, staff members of the homeless shelter will first meet with city development services department staff and residents who live near Crossroads to discuss lingering concerns about the facility.

Members of the Hastings Planning Commission voted 8-0 during their meeting Monday to recommend approval of the CUP amendment to update permit conditions and to allow subletting of a portion of the property after Crossroads staff agreed to discuss the concerns of neighboring residents, including buffering options to provide neighbors with more privacy, before the Sept. 10 Hastings City Council meeting.

Commissioner Rakesh Srivastava was absent and Planning Commission Alternate Willis Hunt attended his first meeting in place of absent Commissioner Dave Johnson.

Residents who live near Crossroads expressed concerns such as being yelled at by Crossroads residents when the neighbors walk by the homeless shelter at 702 W. 14th St.; a perceived lack of staff on a facility at nighttime; and privacy issues.

“Every concern that our neighbors have brought up is something we want to pay attention to,” Crossroads Program Manager Daniel Buller said.

He said Crossroads staff members have made efforts to communicate with neighbors about concerns.

“What we found in trying to take a temperature of the neighborhood was that almost all of the neighbors are happy,” he said. “Do they have concerns? Sure, but they’re willing to have a dialogue with us.”

Crossroads plans to remodel its building to provide a separate entrance and area for Mosaic.

While Mosaic serves a different clientele — individuals with intellectual disabilities — than does Crossroads, Buller said there is some overlap in the resources available.

“We believe there’s a benefit to working with Mosaic because again now we have people who are professionals in that field, another resource to address community needs of where do these people go and how do we deal with them,” he said.

Jeff Kingsley of Grand Island, community relations officer for Mosaic, said the Mosaic individuals will not reside at Crossroads and will always be accompanied by staff.

Mosaic typically will use the space provided at Crossroads from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for day services. However, Kingsley said many Mosaic individuals will spend a lot of time in community integration taking part in volunteer opportunities or paid employment.

He said the collaboration with Crossroads, splitting expenses, helps Mosaic use donor dollars more wisely.

“So it’s a real win-win helping our individuals live a fulfilled life and be a part of the community instead of in some back room being kept away from the public,” he said.

In other business, the commissioners:

— Unanimously recommended approval of the request from David Ostdiek on behalf of Prataria Ventures LLC, for a plan modification to Redevelopment Area 14 to allow for a development in North Park Commons including 84 rental units consisting of six studios, 42 one-bedroom, 33 two-bedroom, and three, three-bedroom units contained within three 28-unit buildings.

— Unanimously recommended approval of Jeff Halloran representing JTH Enterprises LLC, for a conditional use permit amendment to allow off-street parking space for outdoor vehicle storage at 1711 W. J St.

— Unanimously recommended approval of an ordinance at the request of the Development Services Department to amend the city code, changing restrictions on the maximum height of principal structures in the C 3 commercial business district from 35 feet to 90 feet.

— Unanimously recommended approval of Ordinance No. 4564 amending the zoning of the commercial business planned district for lot 1 of the Lofts Subdivision at 737 W. First St.

— Unanimously recommended approval of the preliminary/final plat for J and P Subdivision, an 8.77-acre subdivision near the new Adams Central Elementary. The plat is enacted to facilitate a land exchange between Adams Central Public Schools and James and Patti Deveny.

— Unanimously recommended approval of a preliminary plat for Wildcat Acres Subdivision, a 43.95-acre subdivision generally located north of Idlewilde Road and east of South Southern Hills Drive.

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