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Crews finish new wing of $11.5 million upgrade to Wayside Christian Mission

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Part of the new wing at Wayside Christian Mission. Part of the new wing at Wayside Christian Mission.
Part of the new kitchen built as part of the expansion and upgrade of Wayside Christian Mission. Part of the new kitchen built as part of the expansion and upgrade of Wayside Christian Mission.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Downtown construction with a new kitchen, new gym and a five story building -- it may sound like a fancy hotel, but it's actually part of a major expansion at a homeless shelter.

It is part of a new $11.5 million construction and renovation project at Wayside Christian Mission. As temperatures take a dive, the new wing of the shelter is coming to life and will be ready for the first person to check in just in time for the holidays.

Nathan McHone doesn't get a lot of quite time to read in his quarters at Wayside Christian Mission.

He said, "As I put it, it's me and nine of my closest friends."

You could say he's one of dozens of homeless people roughing it in temporary housing at the homeless shelter.

"It's stuff you got to put up with to go on to the next level," said McHone.

The next level is part of that major construction and renovation project at Wayside.

"We're actually adding 40 thousand square feet of new construction to our site here at Jefferson Street," said Nina Moseley, COO Wayside Christian Mission.

Wayside lost the west wing of the shelter to the Ohio River Bridges Project, but was given more than $10 million for upgrades.

Moseley said, "This building was built specifically for our purposes as a homeless shelter, it is going to be very nice but it's not going to be so nice that people are going to want to stay here forever."

This week, crews finished a major portion of the construction project. It includes several new rooms. It is just in time for Wayside's white flag day. That means the doors are open to everyone and the gym is turned into an emergency shelter on the coldest days of the season.

Moseley explained, "We've been in white flag now for several days, last night we had 65 men and 17 women on white flag."

"I hope to finish the program out here and you know, of course seek housing," said McHone.

McHone knows his stay here is temporary. 

“I think the fact that it is cleaner and newer," he said. But he's still looking forward to having a new bed and a new room in just a few weeks.

"Six is less than 10; there will be six instead of 10,” said McHone.

People will start moving in to the new space on Thanksgiving week.

The entire project is scheduled to be finished by March of next year.

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