Completion of construction on courtyard for homeless is delayed

Completion of construction on courtyard for homeless is delayed

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"Ladies that came in the store were a little bit uncomfortable with all the folks standing around," Store owner Ken Adams said. "There was a lot of panhandling and that sort of thing." "Ladies that came in the store were a little bit uncomfortable with all the folks standing around," Store owner Ken Adams said. "There was a lot of panhandling and that sort of thing."
The organization is building the fenced-in area with accommodations giving the homeless that often congregate along Broadway another option. The organization is building the fenced-in area with accommodations giving the homeless that often congregate along Broadway another option.
"Sometimes it can be scary," homeless woman Michelle Lay said. "There are limited options for people like me in the position I'm in and it just would be good to have extra space for these people to go instead of hanging out just on the street." "Sometimes it can be scary," homeless woman Michelle Lay said. "There are limited options for people like me in the position I'm in and it just would be good to have extra space for these people to go instead of hanging out just on the street."

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A new courtyard for the homeless that was supposed to be complete a few months ago is still under construction and the completion date is unclear.

President of Knox Area Rescue Ministries Burt Rosen wrote on his blog in December that the project would likely be done by early May or June.

A spokesperson for K.A.R.M. declined to comment on the delay.

The organization is building the fenced-in area with accommodations giving the homeless that often congregate along Broadway another option.

"It's something that has been needed for a long, long time," Ken Adams said.

Adams used to own a paint store on Broadway across from K.A.R.M. but moved to a new location on Hall of Fame Drive around Christmas.

Adams said business went up 20-25 percent after moving because customers were no longer worried about the lingering homeless.

"Ladies that came in the store were a little bit uncomfortable with all the folks standing around," Adams said. "There was a lot of panhandling and that sort of thing."

According to the city, the number of new homeless people in Knoxville dropped 14 percent last year but the number of them using homeless services went up four percent in 2011.

"Sometimes it can be scary," homeless woman Michelle Lay said. "There are limited options for people like me in the position I'm in and it just would be good to have extra space for these people to go instead of hanging out just on the street."

"I think it would change the perception of the area and if people driving down Broadway didn't see all the folks just congregating there I think it would improve the business life there a lot."

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