The City of Pasco is looking to redo the Lewis Street underpass making it wider and an overpass. Currently the underpass is so narrow that if two busses were to go through at the same time, their mirrors would clip each other. The project will increase public safety and needs to be done said Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield. As part of the Lewis Street Overpass project there are about 26 properties that the City is looking to purchase. Among these properties looking to be purchased is two of the Tri City Union Gospel Mission’s properties that are used for storing food and other necessities.
If these properties were purchased by the City then the Mission would have to stop doing Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes and they wouldn’t be able to accept large qualities of food donations. Each year the Mission gives about 300 Thanksgiving and Christmas boxes. On a monthly basis the Mission serves nearly 5,500 meals and gives about 60 boxes of food to families each week. Along with feeding many people the Mission also houses on average 85 men and 28 women and children each night. The Mission also provides clothing, last year they gave clothes to about 500 families, this year there is currently a list of 250 families who have signed up for clothing.
Mission director Donald Porter said that they will be trying to keep the land and checking to see if the City really needs the land for the project. The building used for storage is a former bus depot that the Union Gospel Mission bought with plans to build a warehouse. However this hasn’t happened yet because the city changed to Central Bulding Zoning which means that the Mission would need to get a special permit that they don’t think the City will approve.
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