Planning Commission approves Day by Day, Parker John’s proposals

This rendering shows the proposed homeless shelter at the northwest corner of Ceape Avenue and Broad Street.

By Miles Maguire

The Day by Day Warming Shelter moved closer to building a new facility on Ceape Avenue on Tuesday as the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve site design details.

“I think it’s just a good thing for the city,” said commission chairman John Hinz. “I think it’s going to be something that’s going to help the city, and I think it’s going to help the neighborhood as well.”

He acknowledged that nearby residents have questioned the location of the homeless shelter in a neighborhood that has revitalized itself and is home to major tourist attractions like the Leach Amphitheater and the Oshkosh Convention Center.

But Hinz said the shelter will serve “to keep people away from the street and their yard in the evening, because they will have a place to sleep.”

Although the specific implementation plan for the project has been approved, Day by Day has still not acquired the land it wishes to use.

Shelter supporters hoped the city’s redevelopment authority would agree to buy the site at the corner of Ceape and Broad Street. But the RDA refused to take action at its meeting last month.

The next scheduled RDA meeting is in January.

In another action, the commission approved a request to add a smoker to the restaurant building that now houses Mahoney’s on Wisconsin Street. The approval would pave the way for a new location for Parker John’s BBQ and Pizza, a small Kiel-based chain.

Aurora J. William