Residents of the Ivywild neighborhood were willing, in 2002, to let a halfway house for women leaving prison to open on South Tejon Street. But neighbors only wanted women at Liza’s Place. Not men.
Here is a view of the neighborhood from www.FlashEarth.com
Liza’s Place has a website under it’s formal name as the Colorado Springs Gospel Home for Women where you can read details of the program. Here is a photo of the house taken from the website:
Now, Liza’s Place has moved and Bennie Belton wants to open Restoration House in its place. Belton would mentor about eight men upon their release from prison and spend six months helping each make the transition back into society.
Neighbors are NOT interested in the men living on South Tejon.
The city’s summary and analysis of the dispute, as prepared for the Planning Commission, can be seen via this link. The City Council is scheduled to consider the issue at its meeting Tuesday, March 11.