By: Jennifer Jiggets & Mike Hixenbaugh; PilotOnline.com
The city is poised to purchase for $3.25 million property that could be used to house a homeless services center after a two-year hunt for a suitable location that would not upset neighbors.
The 4.8-acre industrial site is prime real estate on North Witchduck Road, just north of Interstate 264 at the intersection of Southern Boulevard. It’s next to a former Norfolk Southern right of way in an area that has been flagged as a potential light-rail stop, though city leaders say that did not factor into its selection.
The City Council is scheduled to vote on the purchase Tuesday. Afterward, Mayor Will Sessoms said, the city will appoint a citizens advisory committee and solicit feedback from nearby property owners to determine whether the site is suitable for a homeless services center.