Rev. Rice eyes downtown Belleville as site for new shelter

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 12:20 AM

BELLEVILLE, Il (KMOV.com) -- Larry Rice has tried and failed to set up homeless shelters and camps in the St. Louis area.

Now, in a move that is sure to draw controversy, Reverend Rice says he’s interested in starting up a new homeless shelter in downtown Belleville.

The New Life Evangelistic Center  wants to convert a former YMCA on North First Street into a shelter.

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert said he hasn’t heard anything from Rice about his intentions, and says the move is just another publicity stunt.

The center told News 4 it has good intentions.

 

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