Battle continues in fate of Larry Rice downtown homeless shelter

Battle continues in fate of Larry Rice downtown homeless shelter

Battle continues in fate of Larry Rice downtown homeless shelter

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

(KMOV) – The Board of Public Service will again hear arguments for and against revoking the operating permit for the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown St. Louis at City Hall on Tuesday.

The building currently operates under a hotel license, which allows people to stay at the shelter overnight.

Downtown businesses are looking to close the shelter, citing the rising number of homeless loitering in the city.

Larry Rice, who runs the shelter, was scheduled to testify Tuesday afternoon.

Previously, Rice has said he should not be held responsible for what happens outside the building.

“We don’t have any control - except that’s in front of our building,” he told News 4’s Diana Zoga in September. “So, they’ll be showing stuff from a year or two ago. We don’t have people sleeping out around the building right now. We have lots of lighting around the building. We try to be good neighbors.”

 

But Elkin Kistner, an attorney hired to argue that the city should revoke the NLEC’s license, previously states he has more than 130 signatures from neighbors who insist the NLEC is detrimental to the neighborhood.

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