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Merit Inn capital request requires further review

Posted: April 15, 2013 - 2:07pm  |  Updated: April 18, 2013 - 9:13am

In the Clarion commentary on April 11, you are right about Love INC benefiting from their capital fund request of $1.75 million in state funds, but you are wrong to paint with broad strokes that it would benefit the community. What would benefit the community is to plan and provide homeless and low income housing that the entire community has the privilege and responsibility for helping to plan and figuring out how to pay for. Love INC should have never been allowed to house the homeless in the Merit Inn and did so without benefit of public involvement and input. While housing the homeless is a pressing and urgent issue, the Merit Inn is not the appropriate facility to answer this need. It happens that it was a very convenient solution for a prominent Kenai family to be able to lease the Merit Inn to Love INC in order to derive revenue from an empty facility, without first addressing the numerous serious code violations in existence when they leased the facility. This same prominent Kenai family should have fixed all those code violations before being allowed to lease the facility, but someone looked the other way and allowed this family to lease a seriously deficient building to Love INC.

Now they want to allow Love INC to buy this seriously defective structure without repairing or addressing any of these code violations, but will pass these violations onto Love INC to address, repair, and/or upgrade, with $1.75 million from our state funds. I submit to you, if you were going to buy a home, which had numerous serious code violations, do you think you would buy that home without first demanding that the homeowner address those code violations? In fact, no bank would look twice at you to underwrite a mortgage if those violations were not first corrected. So why should our “state bank” look twice at this organization to provide funds to buy a grossly defective, deficient building, regardless of the cause?

Does Love INC provide a necessary service for a worthy cause? Yes, of course. Is it a viable, profitable business appropriate to the business corridor, providing revenue to the City of Kenai? No, it is not. As opposed to the Clarion’s editorial opinion, it is not a win-win and should not be considered such. We need to step back, make a plan for the homeless and execute that plan in a rational, well thought out manner.

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HarleyRider
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HarleyRider 04/16/13 - 06:51 pm
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Well Stated

Agree 110%....Read my comments when this news article first made headlines. The owners should be responsible for this nightmare that they have created. Not the State or its residents.
LOVE, Inc is an admirable program that the Kenai Peninsula is in desperate need of for our population that is down on luck or in a difficult position.
BUT-Not at the expense of the State or to allow this prominent family to dump their trash without paying for the removal or repairs.
Again, SHAME on the OWNERS who look to turn a couple million off their condemned property.

Norseman
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Norseman 04/16/13 - 08:26 pm
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spot on!

spot on!

BCKenai
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BCKenai 04/17/13 - 08:40 pm
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Sad slander

Linda Bruce and others: none of you know what has transpired over the years and judge harshly by hearsay and twist what is gracious into lies. I hope the public who reads her article and your responses will see through the slander. So very sad you have done this.

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beaverlooper 04/21/13 - 10:54 am
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"So why should our “state

"So why should our “state bank” look twice at this organization to provide funds to buy a grossly defective, deficient building, regardless of the cause" Any plan we make for the homeless that doesn't make them sleep in the trees is going to cost more than 1.75 mil. We just gave a bunch of money to the oil companies in tax breaks,we're putting in astro turf football fields in at 2 high schools in the area, etc. but %#@& the homeless?
If you have a better idea let's hear it because the "What would benefit the community is to plan and provide homeless and low income housing that the entire community has the privilege and responsibility for helping to plan and figuring out HOW TO PAY FOR" still means the government will be footing the bill and in the years that would take, a lot of people would have no place to go. It would also mean another abandoned building ,just like the Professional building across the street next to the KAMBE theater, in our beloved "business corridor".

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