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Neighbors protest the purchase of second hotel to house homeless

Candlewood Suites hotel on Pecan Park Boulevard. (Derrick Oltmann)

On Sunday, neighbors of a northwest Austin hotel protested in opposition of a city proposal to purchase the property as part of an initiative to get the city's homeless off the streets.


Austin City Council will vote on whether to move forward with the plan to purchase the Candlewood Suites hotel on Pecan Park Boulevard on Thursday. The vote will come one week after approval of the $6.7 million purchase of Texas Bungalow Hotel & Suites off of Burnet Road in North Austin.

Candlewood Suites is located between a neighborhood and multiple businesses—many of which are not happy about the potential move by city council.

Several people told CBS Austin, they believe in the idea of using hotels to house the local homeless population—just not in this location. Safety concerns were also cited as reasons for their protest with many of the surrounding neighbors are retirees or have children.

Austin City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly stopped by the protest to hear residents' concerns in an effort to bring more transparency to the council's proceedings.

The vote on Candlewood Suites was originally due to take place last week, but Kelly successfully requested an additional week to reveal the plan to the public.

If City Council votes to approve the plan, the two properties would add 148 rooms for the city's homeless to use.

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