Wayside Granted Hotel Permit

by Gabe Bullard on November 18, 2009

Wayside Christian Mission has been approved to continue operating a building it purchased downtown—as a hotel.

Wayside bought the former Hotel Louisville building this year with plans to turn it into a shelter for women and children. To bypass a pending ruling from the zoning board on whether a shelter can operate at 2nd and Broadway downtown, Wayside re-opened the building as a hotel.   It’s charging residents of the mission’s two emergency shelters one penny per night for economy rooms, with luxury rooms rented for 129 dollars a night.

Continued operations were dependent on an inspection from the Louisville Metro Health Department, and on Wednesday the department granted permits for Wayside to keep the hotel and kitchen open.

A decision from the zoning board on whether Wayside can open a shelter at the site is likely months away.

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