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Planning Board to review plans for new Open Door Mission on Tuesday

 Planning Board to review plans for new Open Door Mission on Tuesday

The Planning Board will review plans for the new facility Tuesday in the Common Council chambers on the third floor of City Hall.

The meeting, open to the public, begins at 4:45 p.m., and the Open Door is the fifth project on the meeting agenda.

The board will allow comment from the public.

The Open Door plans to spend $2 million to renovate the four-story structure — until recently, a furniture store — for emergency and short-term housing, educational and recovery programs, a drop-in day program, a health clinic, food pantry, soup kitchen and chapel.

The Open Door soup kitchen would relocate from Lawrence Street to the new facility, and would expand its serving schedule to three meals a day, seven days a week.

The soup kitchen now serves 15 meals a week.

It is expected that more people will come for meals with more space and a more comfortable atmosphere, according to the program summary.

The soup kitchen on Lawrence Street has seating for 30 people, and typically serves 50 to 60 people per meal in shifts.

The mission expects to increase from serving 1,600 meals per month to about 6,000 meals per month, between a combination of additional meals and more patrons.


An emergency shelter will house up to 40 men for up to 30 days per person in a dormitory setting with a shared shower and bathrooms.

There will be up to five additional multi-person housing rooms on a separate floor.

Short-term housing for longer than 30 days will be provided for men who “show they are working toward getting out of homelessness, holding a job, saving for an apartment and working through legal issues.”

Background checks will be conducted, and no Level 2 or Level 3 sex offenders or violent felons will be accepted.

A “Code Blue” shelter will provide overnight shelter on cold nights in the winter, with mats placed on the floor in the drop-in center if all beds are filled.

Overnight shelter for women on cold nights in the winter will be provided in the resource center.

Open Door is in discussion with Hudson Headwaters Health Network about hours for the clinic, which would provide medical and dental services, screenings and health education programs.

The chapel will be used for optional worship services, Bible studies and recovery group meetings.

Other applications on the Planning Board agenda on Tuesday include The Hyde Collection art museum’s plan for a $1 million renovation to its building on Warren Street and Dr. William Brender’s plans to establish a “health club” program at his Quarry House arts center at 138 Upper Platt St. in Glens Falls.

The program would provide wellness, education, employment training, social activities and coaching during the day and some evenings in conjunction with a state grant to establish a recovery center.



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