Temporary housing facility on Pine Street nears completion

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WATERTOWN — Micah D. Matteson thinks residents will feel more comfortable once a temporary housing facility opens in their neighborhood on Pine Street.

Mr. Matteson, the project manager and property manager for the 18-bed housing facility, said residents’ concerns will be alleviated when they see what the project is all about in the former Angel’s Inn.

“They’ll see what we’re going to do here,” he said Tuesday during a tour of the former assisted living home at 518 Pine St.

Transitional Living of Northern New York will be leasing the building from a private developer, JC Capital Funding LLC, Colorado Springs, Colo., which has owned the property since November.

The facility will not be a homeless shelter. The nearly $600,000 project will use the Angel’s Inn facility as a temporary home for up to 18 homeless people.

With work nearing completion, Transitional Living Services Executive Director Maureen P. Cean said the organization has “a target date of Sept. 1.”

“It’s really looking good,” she said.

On Tuesday, there was a beehive of construction activity, with workers installing doors, electrical outlets and kitchen drawers.

Mr. Matteson peeked his head into the kitchen, where cabinets had been installed since he was last there two days prior.

“That looks great,” he said.

Transitional Living Services is partnering with the Jefferson County Department of Social Services and JC Capital Funding to work on the 18-unit, single-room-occupancy facility.

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