The 30-day window to appeal Hyde Park’s approval of a Main Street homeless shelter closes this weekend, but the shelter probably won’t open for a couple of weeks.
According to Jacquie Mauer of Lamoille Community House — the organization that runs the yellow house in Hyde Park — the Plaza Hotel in Morrisville will continue to house area homeless guests until about Feb. 1. The yellow house is having new windows installed.
Last weekend, with temperatures barely getting above zero during the day and falling to nearly 20 below in some places at night, Lamoille Community House kept the Plaza Hotel shelter open 24 hours a day. Normally, it’s just open overnight.
Mauer said over the past month, the Plaza has had nine regular guests and a few others occasionally spending the night. Monday night, she said, there were 13 people, including a couple from Burlington who spent the night when they missed the public transit bus back to their city.
In the meantime, “we’re getting our regular nine people hooked up with services,” Mauer said. That includes helping with doctor’s appointments and job interviews, depending on guests’ wherewithal.
According to a clerk at the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division, no one has appealed the Hyde Park Village Development Review Board’s Dec. 19 decision to approve the village shelter. The 30-day appeal period expires at the end of this workweek.
Last winter, church leaders in Stowe, Hyde Park and Johnson opened up their churches as “pop-up warming shelters” until Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux offered the yellow house for the rest of the winter. The department owns the house, located across the street from the police offices.
Marcoux applied for a zoning permit in late September, but the review board didn’t take up the permit until mid-November. Zoning officials came under criticism for taking so long and not communicating their progress.
With the yellow house unavailable, businessman Howard Manosh offered his Plaza Hotel space as temporary shelter, and Lamoille Community House has been operating there since Dec. 10.