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Orillia delays DC decision for Building Hope

Orillia | by Bayshore News Staff  

Building Hope project wants a $400,000 break on paying development charges.

Orillia City Council has postponed a decision on whether to give the Building Hope initiative a $400,000 break on development charges.

Instead, council has instructed city officials and reps from the Lighthouse Soup Kitchen and Shelter to meet with officials from the County of Simcoe.

Though councillor Ted Emond didn't divulge exactly what the city is asking for, he notes Barrie got County dollars for a similar project.

He says the County chipped in money for the David Busby capital program, which is a homeless shelter, so he asks why the County wouldn't be a potential funder for Building Hope.

Emond says the city has already put $390,000 into the project.

Glen Wagner of Building Hope is surprised by the delay.

He says he doesn't know what information they haven't supplied to council.

Wagner is open to meeting with the City and County.

Building Hope will include a shelter for men, women and youth, a soup kitchen,  as well as a range of housing. 

The matter will come before council again next month.

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