(Richmond, IN)--Over the objection of many nearby business owners, the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals has approved the conversion of the old Knucklehead’s Bar just east of downtown into a homeless shelter for women. "We're looking out for the safety of our kids. We're looking out for the children in our studio," said an employee of a nearby dance studio addressing the BZA. Rock Solid Ministries would operate the shelter. "I can't control what people do when they leave our building," said Rock Solid's director. Most of the business owners who opposed it did not question the women; they had an issue with the men who may have battered them and may congregate around the shelter. Some residents, though, favored the shelter. "I think it will take some women off the street. I think our prostitution rate will go down." said one self-described former prostitute. The Board approved the zoning change by a 3-1 vote.
ZONING BOARD APPROVES HOMELESS SHELTER NEAR DOWNTOWN RICHMOND