The design of Crisis Ministries’ new homeless shelter on upper Meeting Street must do a lot of seemingly contradictory things. It has to provide rooms to house 110 or more people, plus offices, a dining area and treatment rooms – all while fitting into a neighborhood of mostly small homes.
It also has to appear dignified and enduring while deflecting any criticism that it’s over-the-top or too ostentatious.
It has to welcome folks arriving on foot, mostly from Meeting Street, as well as those arriving by car and parking around back.
Fortunately, the design by architect Eddie Bello of McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture tackles all those goals.
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