Following the 3-2 vote by the Tallahassee-Leon Planning Commission to deny a permit to the City Walk – Urban Mission, the City of Tallahassee issued a statement by City Attorney Cassandra Jackson.
The statement by Jackson notes that the shelter has operated continuously and without a permit.
Also, it states, in part, “If the violations are not immediately abated, the City will commence enforcement action concerning the Building Code violations and evaluate all potential legal action to remedy the violations.”
The full statement is provided below.
STATEMENT FROM CITY OF TALLAHASSEE ATTORNEY CASSANDRA K. JACKSON
The City of Tallahassee is taking steps to initiate appropriate enforcement action concerning the continued operation of an unpermitted homeless shelter by City Walk – Urban Mission on Mahan Drive.
On January 12, after a lengthy public hearing, the Tallahassee – Leon County Planning Commission voted to deny City Walk’s application for authorization to operate the shelter at the Mahan Drive location.
Despite initially opening as what was characterized as an emergency cold night shelter, the shelter has operated continuously and without a permit.
The City initiated code enforcement proceedings last year and obtained an order from a code enforcement magistrate ordering compliance with the City code and directing City Walk to cease the unpermitted operations. City Walk appealed the code enforcement order to Circuit Court, and the appeal was decided in favor of the City.
With the continued operations and a final denial of the application for site plan approval, the City is preparing to commence additional enforcement action. In addition to the unpermitted operations, City Walk is also in violation of the Florida Building Code and minimum requirements for a structure that is used for human habitation.
If the violations are not immediately abated, the City will commence enforcement action concerning the Building Code violations and evaluate all potential legal action to remedy the violations.