TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An expansion for the Topeka Rescue Mission made it through the first round of approvals Monday night.
The mission is looking to transform what was once a warehouse for Schmidt Builders at 206 NW Norris into a transitional and intake shelter with room for as many as 200 people.
At its meeting Monday night, the planning commission recommended the rezoning plan for approval by the city council.
The Mission's executive director Barry Feaker says the space is needed.
"There are people unsheltered out in the streets literally. There are some out there now," he said. "If we have another summer like we had last summer and the summer before, there won't be enough cots this coming summer which is right around the corner. For us, we will probably be turning people out because this facility will not be ready."
One person did tell the commission he's concerned about neighborhood safety. Feaker says he understands the concern hopes that people living in the Mission will see this as an opportunity to get off the streets and get a fresh start on life.