08/08/2010 // Plano, Texas, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
Plano, Texas – Plans to build a new homeless shelter in Plano are being met with resistance from some local businesses. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, some have expressed opposition to the location of the six-acre facility despite a need for the shelter, citing anticipation of an increase in crime and a decrease in area property values.
Mark Case, owner of the embroidery company Threads in Motion, is quoted in the report as stating of the East Plano location of the shelter, “I just don’t think it’s the right location… It’s too close to tons of the businesses and the residences.”
Lynne Sipiora, the shelter’s director, is further quoted as stating of the opposition to the plans, “I expected opposition, because I’m aware of the stereotype of homeless people… To be honest, I didn’t think it would be quite as strong or passionate.”
A reported seven percent of families in Plano are living in poverty. The Samaritan Inn of McKinney is currently the only homeless shelter in Collin County. Some business owners near the facility, which was built in 1984, have suggested the negative reactions to the plans for a new shelter are unwarranted. Eric Lindberg, a controller at PCI Construction, situated near the Samaritan Inn, is quoted as stating, “Business owners are always concerned about their business… But it’s scared of the unknown. There’s no impact.”
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