The passage of the Good Neighbor Plan Monday makes the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service one step closer toward their goal of a new transitional homeless shelter.
The shelter will help integrate homeless men back into society.
Chris Moran, executive director of the IFC, said the council will next get a zoning compliance permit — which he said is 60 to 70 percent complete — and then it can begin the bidding process for the project.
But Moran said they must now also start raising money for the project in the community.
“I would think that some donors have been waiting until the town really moved across this bridge, as they did last night,” he said.
Moran said he hoped to be able to start building by spring of 2013. If everything goes well, the construction will take about a year and a half to complete and the building will be ready to open by 2015, Moran said.
The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved the IFC’s Good Neighbor Plan Monday, after lengthy discussion among residents.
The Good Neighbor Plan intends to address concerns about the new shelter being built at 1315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
But the plan has also come under fire by many residents worried about the impact of the shelter on the neighborhoods around it.