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Community To Hold Conversation About Controversial Proposed Northside Homeless Center

Sulzbacher Center


A proposed $18.5 million community for the homeless being planned by the Sulzbacher Homeless Center will be the subject of a public discussion tonight.

The project is called Sulzbacher Village, and it’s supposed to house up to 340 people, the Times-Union reported in October.


Sulzbacher Village will be built on land owned by Wesley Fellowship United Methodist Church, which will lease the 4-acre plot for $1 per year.

Advocates say the village will help the Sulzbacher Center continue its mission of taking care of the homeless and disadvantaged, but it’s not without controversy.

It’s to be built on Jacksonville’s Northside, and community residents say the project calls for the demolition of two churches and a Lighthouse Charter School.

Jean Tolbert of the Metro Gardens Neighborhood Association says the community received no notice of the proposed plans. The community will be holding a forum of it’s own this evening at 5120 Perry Street near the Gateway Town Center at 6:00 p.m.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.