The homeless now occupy one of the most iconic landmarks in Downtown Kansas City.
To wit . . .
THE DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY RENAISSANCE IS UNQUESTIONABLY KAPUT AS BARTLE HALL CONVENTION CENTER NOW SERVES HOBOS!!!
To be fair, there wasn't much else going on there right now . . .
Fun fact from a newsie friend . . .
City Hall emphasizes the low-key "Bartle Hall" moniker because turning a major convention center into a homeless hotel isn't a good look for future biz.
Overall this is a dumb move given that the homeless are going to have to relocated at some point.
Moreover, all of the potential heartache that will occur in that location over the next month will spark a great deal of bad PR for the location over the long term.
Still, 12th & Oak announced this move on a Friday because they knew it wouldn't go over well.
Deets . . .
The Scott Eicke Warming Center, named after a man who died in the cold on New Year's Day, will open at 6 p.m. Friday.
The center will open every day from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following day through March 20.
"There is a continued growing need as we've seen in the aftermath of COVID and so it's important," said Stephanie Boyer, CEO of reStart, a nonprofit that works with people experiencing homelessness. "This is one step, we have a long ways to go and this is a great step."
There will be 150 beds available initially, but the city will expand the number of beds if needed.
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