Construction begins for shelter's expansion

Posted at 1:40 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 14:40:59-05

Crews began tearing down existing buildings on land that will serve the Siena/Francis House as it expands to help the area's homeless.

Executive Director Mike Saklar watched as the demolition began on what will eventually be the site for an expanded emergency shelter, a day shelter, and other services.

“Everybody deserves, in my opinion at least, a safe place to stay each night, but they need to be treated humanely. We sleep so many people on the floor, it’s kind of depressing for me, but I’m just looking to the future,” Saklar said. 

Construction crews will also work to remove lead and extra concrete from the site, and eventually level it and add fencing.