Lawsuit filed over Lawrence homeless shelter

LAWRENCE | A dispute over the location of a homeless shelter in Lawrence has moved to the courts.

Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter on Wednesday sued investors of a business park in eastern Lawrence where the homeless shelter would be moved.

The lawsuit centers on whether covenants prohibit a vacant warehouse building in the business park from being used for the shelter. Investors of the Franklin Business Park contend the covenants prohibit the shelter.

But leaders of the shelter say the covenants govern only how the project must be designed. They say they have met all conditions of the covenant.

Shelter Director Loring Henderson told The Lawrence Journal-World that shelter officials recently signed a contract to purchase the building, although the deal depends on the covenant issue being resolved.