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Upcoming 24-hour homeless shelter brings controversy to north St. Louis

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The proposed location for Biddle House is along North Tucker. (Credit: KMOV) The proposed location for Biddle House is along North Tucker. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Controversy surrounds plans for a new 24-hour homeless shelter near downtown St. Louis.

"Biddle House" will be located along north Tucker, just north of downtown and the Dome. It will be open during the day and also serve as an overnight shelter. But not everyone is on board with this new addition to the community. 

"This model doesn't fit when you bring a homeless shelter in an area that already has too much concentration of poverty it just don't work,” resident Todd El said. 

El has lived on the north side area entire life.  He's against the Biddle House, which is set to open later this summer. 

"It don't add asset to the community while we are going through a transition we were earmarked to have charts neighborhood application here. We want our children to have access to a good healthy community,” El said. 

News 4 took his concerns to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. 

"We are committed financially, committed to getting quality operators working with the neighborhood making sure it is operated right in the best interest of the people we are serving as well as being a good neighbor," says Slay. 

Biddle House is a 13,000 square foot building that's currently getting remodeled for its new tenants. Once open, Slay says people who are homeless won't just be given food and a place to stay. 

"There will be an intake place people come in they get assessed and we can help them address their issue that cause them to be out on the street," Slay said. 

It's all part of what the mayor's regional approach to homelessness. 

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