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Day center may have a home

Greg Mass

The newest incarnation of the Salvation Army’s Glenwood Springs day center could be located at the corner of 23rd Street in an old gas station that now houses fire trucks. The idea was brought up at Thursday’s City Council meeting in response to a request by Salvation Army administrator Karolyn Spencer to temporarily use the police station as a day center, which will soon be abandoned, or some other city-owned building.A day center is a place for homeless people to go where they can shower, wash their clothes and use a telephone to look for a job. It does not allow overnight stays. Council approved of the day center being located in a city building temporarily while a new shelter is built at Glenwood Meadows on land donated by Meadows developer Robert Macgregor, but the final location was not determined at the meeting. The location will be looked at by the city’s building inspector to determine whether the space is suitable and what it would take to bring it up to code. Another possible plan for the building includes the installation of a recycling center, which could be a good fit with the day center, Spencer said. “I’m looking for work projects and they’re eager to help,” Spencer said of the day center’s users. Councilman Don Gillespie agreed that the site could be good for a day center, but balked at the idea of using the old gas station for recycling. “I’m not so hot about putting a recycling system there,” he said, citing concerns about how it would look as people drove through the city. In other business:-Legal issues between Mike Alsdorf and the city were cleared up Thursday, paving the way for the old Cardiff School to be moved to a new foundation near the Roaring Fork River. -City Council approved the bid for a design/build team to construct a new fire station off of Four Mile Road.


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