At some point, fighting City Hall becomes exhausting. Sean Cononie, founder of the Coalition of Service and Charity Foundation, which operates a homeless shelter in Hollywood, Florida, has finally given in to the city, who has offered to pay $4.8 million for all properties in city limits owned by Cononie in order to make way for “new development along Federal Highway,” according to the Sun-Sentinel.
“The residents don’t like us,” Cononie, who publishes the Homeless Voice newspaper, said. “It’s constant battles, constant complaints.” Residents say that the shelter is a haven for crime, and have long-complained about the effect it has on their precious property values.
Because of the constant harassment from the locals, Cononie approached Hollywood officials about selling the shelter two years ago. “They came back to me and said, ‘We want everything,” he explained, including his own home.
“They do need to redevelop Federal Highway,” he said. “It’s not looking very good.”
Commissioners will vote on the proposal on Wednesday. The deal requires a supermajority — five out of seven — vote in order to progress.
If the deal goes through, the shelter will close within six months.
Bononie plans to build a new shelter in unincorporated Broward County. Until then, he will house his clients in temporary housing.