With an appeal progressing, plans to move the County of Wellington’s temporary supportive housing program into an historic Delhi Street building won’t come to fruition for at least several months.
A spokesperson for the Ontario Land Tribunal confirms a case management conference has been set for March 3 regarding the fate of 65 Delhi St. No hearings have been scheduled.
Word of the conference comes as the county’s lease at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, where the program is currently being provided, comes to an end.
The lease is set to expire on Nov. 30. It was previously extended by a month.
“The county is working with partners to finalizing our plans for the relocation of the residents,” said Mark Poste, the county’s director of housing, in an email response to inquiries from GuelphToday.
Prior to the Jesuit Centre, the county provided hotel room stays for homeless individuals in the community.
The move to 65 Delhi St. was seen as establishing a permanent home for the program, though it would offer fewer beds than are available at the Jesuit Centre.
Council approved a by-law amendment that cleared the way for the 28-bedroom transitional housing project on July 12. The Delhi Eramosa Neighbourhood Advocates (DENA) filed an appeal in August, which led to the scheduled case management conference and a likely hearing.
In a news release issued at the time, DENA argues the site isn’t large enough to accommodate 28 bedrooms as well as planned services.