A downtown halfway house is hoping to avoid a trip to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Officials at St. Leonard’s House on Emerald Street, a federally funded home for men recently released from jail, want to make the facility wheelchair accessible.
St. Leonard’s withdrew its original OMB appeal against the City of Hamilton when it appeared a zoning amendment could solve the issue.
But yesterday, planning committee members put off a decision on a staff report that recommended a zoning change.
St. Leonard’s says if the decision isn’t made soon, it may go to the OMB.
St. Leonard’s executive director John Clinton says going to provincial arbitration is a costly measure that both sides would like to avoid.
Clinton tells CHML’s Bill Kelly Show that a local solution can be found.
The halfway house has operated in the same location since 1975.