MADISON (WKOW) – A gaggle of greater than a dozen Asian restaurant house owners are petitioning the Metropolis of Madison to not place a homeless shelter close to their companies.
Dane County and the Metropolis of Madison are hoping the proposed facility might be a everlasting shelter to exchange the temporary one off East Washington.
The eating places are inside International Market close to East Towne Mall and the proposed shelter is a block away.
The Meals Corridor there may be normally busy Saturdays, however restaurant house owners are nervous that will change quickly.
“If individuals are available right here and so they’re sleeping within the cubicles, or going round bothering individuals, asking individuals for cash, then individuals aren’t going to wish to come right here and eat or store,” mentioned Linda Launh, who owns Poké-Mì, one of many eating places contained in the meals corridor.
They’re all nervous a couple of proposed homeless shelter opening up near the shop and despatched a petition letter to metropolis leaders asking them to reject the plan.
“We’re principally ladies working on this space, and we’re kinda scared, actually scared,” Amanda Chen, one other enterprise proprietor there, mentioned.
“We are the first ones right here, and we are the final ones out, and [my wife’s] security is a very powerful factor,” Zang Vang, proprietor of Hmong Kitchen, mentioned.
All of them talked about totally different experiences they’ve already had with individuals they are saying are homeless, and say they anticipate that to proceed if the shelter opens up.
Whereas not in her supervisory district, Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner is a powerful proponent of the shelter.
“There’s a super must have a secure place for individuals who want shelter and wish to hook up with companies and meet their primary wants,” she mentioned.
Wegleitner says she hears the place enterprise house owners are coming from, however they might be misinformed.
“I believe it is a concern, however sadly not based mostly in proof, based mostly in stereotypes,” she mentioned, including that she lives and works near the non permanent shelter and has by no means had any considerations.
Enterprise house owners say the town wants to seek out one other location.
“We really feel sympathetic to the homeless individuals as properly, however we do not need the shelter to be right here, as it’s not the proper place for that,” Chen mentioned.
Wegleitner says they’ve already appeared elsewhere.
“Employees has been in search of 10 months. They’d recognized numerous websites and that is the most suitable choice right now and it is completely important that this venture transfer ahead,” she mentioned.
Launh says it could be a neater tablet for them to swallow in the event that they may very well be concerned within the course of.
“Homeless persons are human beings too, so we would like deal with all people with as a lot respect as attainable,” she mentioned. “If we really feel prefer it’s secure for us then why not, however the best way it is popping out proper now, it is a massive concern.”
Each the city and the county are dedicating $3 million for the venture.
The Madison Frequent Council will vote on the plan Tuesday.
Town misplaced its last potential location in October after it was purchased earlier than they might finalize plans.