COLLEGE STATION, Ark.(KTHV) - Plans for a proposed homeless shelter in College Station is causing concern for dozens of homeowners.
Cloria Dozier, who has lived in College Station for more than 40 years, has seen the community through its ups and downs, including a devastating tornado.
"It appears we may be getting another storm that we are not prepared for," she said in reference to the possible homeless shelter interested in becoming a neighbor.
The owners of a vacant nursing home on Frazier Pike are looking to donate the building to the Union Rescue Mission. If the Union Rescue Mission acquires the building they plan to bring 3 to 4 programs into the new space. The group also said it would take all the appropriate steps to ensure the public's safety.
"We still have so many ills that we need to work on that we are not prepared to take on a homeless center," Dozier said.
Dozier believes the building would be better served if it was given back to the community.
"I know that the rescue mission would love to have that building," Dozier said. "College Station would have loved to have had that building."
Many of the neighbors worry that the shelter would cast a negative light back onto the College Station community. The community has started an online petition and they plan to meet with the owners of the nursing home to discuss their concerns in person.