The New York-based nonprofit Community Solutions closed Monday on the purchase of Santa Fe Suites — a 122-room hotel on the south end of St. Francis Drive — which it intends to convert into housing for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, city Affordable Housing Director Alexandra Ladd said.

But controversy over the proposal apparently is heating up.

The project faces opposition from several commercial property owners who have filed a lawsuit claiming it doesn’t conform to the shopping center’s covenants and city codes, which they say define a hotel as a business that offers lodging to the general public.

Recommended for you