The Salvation Army Ottawa is adapting the proposed plan for its Montreal Road Community Hub, with a new goal of including supportive housing for men, women and families.
The organizations says this decision comes after months of discussions with partner agencies, consideration of feedback received from stakeholders and internal discussions.
Other updates to the project include reducing the number of emergency shelter beds to a range of 70 to 100, and keeping addiction treatment services at its current George Street location. At the same time, it is reaffirming its commitment to 60 special care medical beds, supported by Ottawa Inner City Health.
The charity says it will be working with the project's architect, planner, and partners over the coming months to explore how it can update the design of the project accordingly.
"We truly value the input we've received from our stakeholders, partners and the community through months of consultations and discussions," said Marc Provost, Executive Director, The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre. "We were able to confirm some of the concerns that we had heard previously, and heard a few new things on which we will continue to work. These important adjustments to our proposed Montreal Road Community Hub reflect our on-going commitment to the communities and people we serve and the changing landscape of the city."
The Salvation Army has an accepted conditional offer for the property at 333 Montreal Road, conditional on successful zoning which was approved by City Council in November 2017 and was subsequently appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.
"The updates to our proposed project will help ensure it is a place of hope and transformation, providing critical services and support to those in need in the City of Ottawa," continued Provost. "We look forward to maintaining an on-going, open dialogue with members of the community as we move forward with this project."
For more information about the project, visit 333montrealroad.ca.