Wayside denies rumors of another move - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Wayside denies rumors of another move

Wayside Christian Mission says it will move homeless women and their families into the former Hotel Louisville downtown, once it takes possession of the building. That move could squelch speculation Wayside is looking for another place for a shelter.

Several downtown interests have watched Wayside's moves closely, since it bid on the property at a foreclosure auction in May.

"We did not purchase that property at auction with the intent of selling it to anyone. We're not in the business of flipping hotels. We're in the business of providing shelter to our homeless women and families," said Nina Moseley, Wayside Christian Mission.

Moseley says Wayside Christian Mission hopes to take possession of the former Hotel Louisville as early as next week. Its kitchen, banquet facilities, and 287 guest rooms shouldn't need much renovation.

"It's a walk-in situation. We could walk right in and move our clients in and be ready to roll," said Moseley.

Wayside's sole bid of $10 million came at a foreclosure auction. Critics called the bid too high.

Moseley says Wayside's ready to pay, and then willing to sell part to Jefferson Community and Technical College across the street.

"We would love to partner with the college and to sell them the parking lot. The way the property is situated, there is plenty of room," said Moseley, "They would get the parking we need. We would get the building that we need. It's very feasible."

JCTC spokesperson Lisa Brosky confirms Wayside's offer of the parking lot.

The school has sought the entire hotel property for several years. But JCTC didn't have the money until lawmakers passed the new state budget last month, after the auction.

Also, last month's closing of the five-story Louisville Antique Mall on East Broadway brought speculation Wayside would move there instead, with proceeds from any Hotel Louisville sale.

As for the mall's future, the building's nearly empty now. Owner Denise Golden told Fox 41 News she's had a courtesy call with Wayside. Otherwise, it's not yet listed for sale, and she declined to talk about a possible sale price.

Nina Moseley says the antique mall would require millions in renovations Wayside cannot afford. Wayside and the city say permits and zoning should not be obstacles to occupying the building.

Wayside faces a deadline of August next year to move from its current women's and families shelter on East Market Street.

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