Property owners near Brother Francis Shelter say they're staying put in the neighborhood
What would you do if you saw your neighborhood was headed downhill? Some people might consider moving out, but a group of people who own property near the Brother Francis Shelter and Bean's Cafe say they have no intention of leaving the neighborhood.
Rob Cupples owns a home on 3rd and Hyder Street that his grandfather built in 1951. There are also duplexes on the property that sits just blocks away from the shelter. Cupples said some of the problems from the shelter have drifted his way, but instead of getting discouraged, he's decided to fight back.
"We are doubling down," said Cupples. "We've been here for a long time and I don't intend to go anywhere."
Cupples is putting money into his property, fixing up the duplexes which, he says, are showing success as Air B and Bs. He's one of several property owners working to clean up the neighborhood who's not relying on the city for help.
"The community isn't willing to wait for them to help us," said Cupples. "We are going to get involved and do it ourselves if we have to."
John Tatham, long-time owner of PIP Printing shares that view.
"Everybody's just kind of reached the same critical mass at the same time," said Tatham.
Tatham is expanding his business near the shelter. In recent years he's spent more than a million dollars to do it and calls that a good investment.
"We think we are going to turn the tide here. We like the location and now that we've got a group of neighbors who are feeling the same way we are feeling pretty positive about it," said Tatham.
Cupples said property owners in the area are starting to meet on a regular basis to talk about solutions and how they can co-exist with the shelter.
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