Proposed Veteran Development Draws Neighborhood Critics

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka City Council heard concerns Tuesday night from residents who aren't so sure Victory Village, a proposed new development aiming to help homeless veterans, would be a win for their neighborhood.

Victory Village is part of a nationally competitive project from the federal government to re-purpose underutilized land to help homeless veterans.

Contractors plan to remove a handful of VA-owned homes at 21st and Randolph, to build 78 apartments adjacent to the hospital.

Neighbors say they feel the project has been pushed through too quickly, one resident saying the plan looks like a section 8 housing program under the guise of helping vets.

"All of us have had problems in the neighborhood with the VA people walking around," 30-year resident Kenneth Elder said. "So that becomes a concern."

"Permanent housing is what we're talking about. Where people have their own apartments, and don't have to worry about losing that because on an income shortage," said Randy Crandall, with the VA Medical Centers of Kansas and Missouri.

Tuesday night's resolution was deferred for three weeks to hold a public hearing with residents. Contractors hope to break ground in September.


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