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Winter shelter proposed for Barrio Logan; councilman opposed

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego Housing Commission wants to return what may be the city's last winter shelter for homeless adults to Barrio Logan, a possibility that drew the opposition of the neighborhood's councilman Thursday.

The commission chose a site at 16th Street and Newton Avenue, close to where it was last winter, and the proposal will be discussed by the City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee on Wednesday.

Because the location of the shelter typically prompts complaints from neighbors, city officials started deciding on a location early this year.

City Councilman David Alvarez said he "is unequivocally opposed" to the commission's recommendation.

The shelter was in a building on Newton Avenue this past winter, but the building is being converted into a school and will not be available. A commission report, however, said an open lot nearby would work.

The only listed alternative that doesn't appear to have major issues is a city-owned parking lot on the west side of downtown bordered by 13th, 14th, G and F streets -- in councilman Kevin Faulconer's district.

Asked if he had some other locations in mind, Alvarez said: "We are currently reviewing sites and look forward to hearing the Housing Commission's comments on the sites listed on the report as well as council, committee and public comments."

The 200-bed homeless adult shelter would be operated for the Alpha Project between Nov. 18 of this year to March 20, 2012, with a 30-day extension possible with additional funding.

The commission also proposed to have Veterans Village of San Diego operate a site for homeless former members of the armed services.

The City Council recently approved the purchase by the Redevelopment Agency of a downtown building that will be converted into a permanent homeless shelter, but it won't be ready for next winter.

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