Parents Peeved About Homeless Housing Development

Proposed apartments just feet from daycare/playground

By Lindsay Wilcox
|  Wednesday, Jun 8, 2011  |  Updated 5:57 PM CDT
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Parents Oppose Homeless Housing Development

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A fence separates the First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School's playground from the proposed development.

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A group of Dallas parents oppose the plans for an apartment complex for homeless people next to a day care.

The parents said the St. Paul Apartments would be built downtown in a parking lot next to the First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School.

The parents said they support permanent supportive housing in the neighborhood but want a larger buffer between their children and people who may have a history of addiction and mental health issues.

"Hopefully, the Dallas City Council, the city of Dallas and the state agency will step up and say, 'You know what? You're right,' and realize there is a better location for this just a few blocks away," parent Kodi Collins said.

A fence separates the day care's playground from the proposed development.

The day care has 130 children during the week.

The state Department of Housing and Community Affairs will accept letters on the plan until June 15.

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