Council considers property purchase

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BELOIT - The Beloit City Council will meet in closed session on Monday to discuss the potential purchase of a property in the 700 block of Bluff Street that was formerly home to Family Promise of Greater Beloit.

No action is anticipated on Monday. Family Promise of Greater Beloit Board President Beth Gliebe said the property, at 737 Bluff St., would "require major renovations."

Family Promise (formerly Hands of Faith) had an agreement with Our Saviors Lutheran Church for over a decade in which the organization paid utilities for the property as the group's "day center." Gliebe said Family Promise approached the church about making some renovations, when the issues were uncovered. The property would need major wire replacements, along with new plumbing and HVAC system.

"At that point, Family Promise searched and found a new day center site in the United Church of Beloit annex building at 655 Bluff St.," Gliebe said in an email.

Family Promise reopened in July of 2018 and continues to provide overnight accommodations for the homeless, with 11 houses of worship rotating as host sites. Its day center offers case management services, providing clients with everything from job search assistance to help securing housing.

Other business:

• Councilors could take action on a conditional use permit to allow a limited vehicle service use at a property in the 200 block of Liberty Avenue. The Plan Commission recommends approval of the permit pending five conditions and six ordinance requirements. Planning staff initiated enforcement actions against the property owner after an unlawful auto repair shop was uncovered at the property in December of 2018, according to the agenda.

• The council could consider an outdoor vending ordinance request from the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for its Woofstock concert event on July 13.

• Councilors could accept an application for a conditional use permit to allow rooftop seating in the downtown central business district between 648 and 658 Fourth Street.

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