Ottawa city council has narrowly rejected Coun. Mathieu Fleury’s bid to halt the Salvation Army’s controversial shelter on Montreal Road.
Fleury asked his colleagues to revoke the previous council’s decision to allow the 350-bed facility in the heart of Ottawa’s Vanier neighbourhood, arguing that some councillors may have voted without knowing the charity doesn’t actually own the property.
Council voted 12-10 against Fleury’s motion.
The Salvation Army has made overtures to community groups in the last few weeks to alter the project. The proposed changes include reducing the number of shelter beds from 140 to as few as 70, adding supportive housing and keeping its addictions treatment centre in the ByWard Market.
Community group SOS Vanier is appealing the city’s approval of the project to the province’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.
More to come.