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Fleury asks for meeting with Salvation Army

An Ottawa city councillor wants to see the Sally Ann shelter project move forward quicker -- as long as it's not on a main street in Vanier.
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Architect's rendition of the proposed Salvation Army community hub, planned for Montreal Road in Vanier.

Ottawa City Councillor Mathieu Fleury wants to put all the animosity aside and come up with a compromise with the Salvation Army, regarding the location of its proposed Montreal Road shelter. 

An appeal has been filed with the Ontario Municipal Board regarding the project, which could delay construction for years. 

In a letter to the Sally Ann's Territorial Commander Susan McMillan, Fleury suggested moving the mega shelter off a main street in Vanier. 

Fleury told the Rick Gibbons Show, he hopes the Salvation Army will look at some alternate sites. 

"There are many locations in our city that would have never required rezoning," he explained. "And there are many that are government-owned that were never considered."

He also raised concerns with having the detox area and homeless shelter on the same property, adding that it has not worked on George Street. 

In his letter, the councillor said he would like to meet with the agency on May 4. 

Listen to the full conversation with Councillor Mathieu Fleury:

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