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Wayside Christian Mission loses part of emergency shelter to make way for renovation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Wayside Christian Mission is losing part of its emergency shelter on Jefferson Street -- but neither the shelter, nor the hundreds of people who live there are complaining.

It's all part of the Ohio River Bridges Project. Wayside is losing the west wing of the shelter, but gaining an $11.5 million upgrade.

The renovation started several months ago. The shelter is paying for part of the renovation with more than $10 million from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The Cabinet purchased the west side of the shelter to make way for an entrance ramp for the bridges project.

Meanwhile, the renovation will allow Wayside to nearly double in size. The new wayside will include more beds and a much needed new kitchen.

"We do have to demolish a portion of our emergency shelter here, but we are going to be able to rebuild in the back as you can see," said Nina Moseley, of Wayside Christian Mission. "So it will actually be better for the folks. We will have more square footage per person here than we do right now. Right now it's like sardines when the shelter is full."

Wayside still has to raise a portion of that money itself -- about $1.3 million. The project is scheduled to be finished by March of next year.

Andy Barber is project manager for the Downtown Crossing, he says the Wayside land will be used for an entrance ramp.

"It will take traffic coming off of Liberty and Muhammad Ali and get them up onto the interstate and send them to either 64 or 65 or 71," he said.

"In Kentucky, in the Kennedy interchange, we acquired 24 parcels," Barber added. "And a parcel doesn't necessarily mean a full piece of property, but we had acquisitions."

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