'Homeless park' in Maine town raises concerns

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Neighbors in a central Maine town are upset that a landowner who can't build on his quarter-acre parcel has opened up his land as a "nature park" for the homeless.

An 84-year-old homeless man and his Rottweiler have set up camp on the property on Coburn Avenue in Skowhegan, a quiet residential street near downtown. A banner says, "Nature Park, Nature Trails for the Homeless People of Somerset County."

Neighbors tell the Morning Sentinel the neighborhood is inappropriate for a homeless encampment. They say landowner Bruce Obert, of Norridgewock, is miffed that zoning laws bar him from building on the land.

Obert says since he can't build, he decided to turn his property into a park for the homeless, complete with a picnic table and portable toilet.


Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Tent City...coming to a town

Tent City...coming to a town near you.
Welcome to Skowtown.

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made for toileting and sanitation... sounds like a good idea to me. The reality is we do have homelessness in our state. Perhaps if people have to witness it they will be more compelled to address it.

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Hey, at least he's giving them a toilet.

As to taking in an 84-year-old homeless man, good luck with that. I know I'm not supposed to say this but a lot of people are homeless because they want to be. There is a reason this man sleeps outdoors with a gig mean dog. I don't know what the reason is, but it's valid to him, I'm sure.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Also as unpredictable as all

Also as unpredictable as all hell.

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good for him

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I think that it is wonderful that this old man and his dog have a place to stay now. He really should have some entertainment too. Perpahs the boys from the "Hempstock House Band" should go on over and play him some tunes!!

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More people should be paying attention.

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Good for him

I think its a great idea to offer a park for the homeless.


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