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Decision on St. John homeless shelter permit issue frozen until February

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St. John's homeless shelter Executive Director Alexia Wood announces plan to request increase in conditional use permit from 64-beds to 84-beds.
St. John's homeless shelter Executive Director Alexia Wood announces plan to request increase in conditional use permit from 64-beds to 84-beds.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The city of Green Bay will not consider a request by the St. John the Evangelist homeless shelter to increase its capacity until at least next month.

Currently, the downtown Green Bay shelter's conditional use permit limits the number of beds to 64. The city has issued a citation to the shelter for exceeding that capacity. Shelter officials have pled not guilty, arguing that the permit also allows for overflow housing above the 64 figure.

Earlier this week, shelter officials and the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay announced they would seek to have the limit increased to 84 beds.

Such a request would first go to the city's Plan Commission for review. Its next meeting is Monday. However, in the agenda published Friday, there is no agenda item related to the shelter, as no paperwork was submitted, according to Bill Lockery with the planning department.

The next Plan Commission meeting is scheduled for February 11. After the commission, the full council would also have to review the matter.

The shelter has been using space at St. Norbert College as overflow housing. However, that space will no longer be available starting next week, when students return for the second semester. Shelter officials say they have been working on a different location for overflow housing, but no announcements have been made.

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