Unalaska rejects emergency shelter site

Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

UNALASKA - Plans to establish an emergency housing shelter in downtown Unalaska went down to defeat before the city's planning and zoning commission.

The commission rejected the proposal to establish the Alexandria House shelter at the site of the former Elbow Room bar.

Residents were concerned about drawing problem-causing strangers to the neighborhood.

For three decades, the Elbow Room was known for its hard-partying clientele. In the 1970s, Playboy magazine named it "The most notorious bar on the North American continent."

Though he wants to open the shelter, John Honan, pastor at Unalaska Christian Fellowship, says he understands how residents might be worried about losing their long-sought tranquility.

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