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Cease and desist order sent to Dorothy Day Hospitality House

Danbury has issued a cease and desist order to Dorothy Day Hospitality House.  City officials are hoping to persuade the Spring Street homeless shelter and soup kitchen to apply for special permission to operate the volunteer run facility in a residential neighborhood.  Dorothy Day's attorney wrote a letter to City officials asking for renewal of a permit which hasn't been valid in more than 30 years. 


It was discovered over the summer that they didn't have a valid permit.  Back in 1983 the Commission gave Dorothy Day permission to operate for one year, and only granted a one year extension. 


Attorneys for the City made the recommendation to the Planning Commission last month that they operate within the limits of current zoning regulations.  The recommendation is that the Commission take no action. 


Three reasons were given, one is that they don't have jurisdiction to approve Zoning Permits.  Another is that there is no valid permit in place for the use, and lastly because Zoning regulations don't provide for a one-year renewable approval.

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