The meetings will specifically review the issue of area zoning from moving the hub from the ByWard Market to 333 Montreal Rd. in Vanier.
Groups opposing the move like SOS Vanier say the proposed new facility moving to their neighbourhood will bring in a poorer community. SOS Vanier’s Drew Dobson tells 1310 NEWS that social services shouldn’t be at one central location in one part of Ottawa. “You wouldn’t put 12 gas stations at one corner of Hunt Club. So why would you do this with the new facility? I’m asking the committee to be fair and honest and hear every single group and make a fair decision.”
Salvation Army Area Director Glenn van Gulik says groups like SOS Vanier don’t understand the positive impact a new community hub can have. “For the most part, most people just see what happens at our facilities on the outside. They don’t see our support staff and members helping those who need it most. We believe we’ll be a positive impact of change in Vanier.”
But Dobson and groups opposing it don’t buy it and say regardless of city council’s final decision, an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board would most likely be filed. “We believe (SOS Vanier) that if Salvation Army loses, they’ll appeal with the OMB. If we lose, we would probably file an appeal.”
Monfort Hospital has also released a statement on the controversial move that was first announced in June, 2017.
Great news #sosvanier! Bonne nouvelle @sosvanier! L’Hôpital Montfort nous appuie! ?? This project can’t go forward without the support of the hospital which was claimed to be a justification for their site specific exception for a shelter on a traditional main street. #ILoveQV pic.twitter.com/AyDI5Gt25p
— Denault Philippe L. (@phldenault) November 13, 2017
The meetings run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.