OTTAWA — The Salvation Army is holding an open house for its proposed 103,000 sq. ft. facility in Vanier.
It goes until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Courtyard by Marriott of Ottawa East.
A group opposing the Montreal Rd. project is expected to show up at the open house around 5 p.m.
Spokesperson for the Eastern Region Salvation Army, Glenn van Gulik tells the Carol Anne Meehan Show they will be taking suggestions from the community.
“As we recieve feedback and people express concerns or suggestions, that’s where we get to look at that feedback and make adjustments if it’s something that we can do as part of this proposal,” he adds.
However, van Gulik says they will not be putting a pause on the project, or modifying it, as resident groups have already asked.
Meanwhile, Drew Dobson with S.O.S. Vanier is leading Wednesday’s protest.
“People really want their voices to be heard — they’re going to make their comments — but I think people are really skeptical as to whether they’re going to be heard or whather the Salvation Army is going to take any action as a result of what they say,” he explains.
Dobson tells Carol Anne Meehan, building the new Salvation Army centre on Montreal Rd. is only going to hurt the Vanier community both socially and economically.