Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran during the lengthy public hearing Thursday night that culminated in council approving a rezone that will allow a controversial supportive housing project to proceed. Alistair Waters/Capital News

Readers weigh in on controversial Kelowna supportive housing project

It was a mixed bag

After the controversial Agassiz Road supportive housing project was given the green light from Kelowna council last night, readers offered their own opinions for the project on the Capital News Facebook page.

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Mark Greenhalgh: Likely the best decision this council has ever made. Kelowna please support this initiative! It will take the entire population to fix the issues Kelowna is currently facing in terms of homelessness and addiction. It’s a long road ahead, get on board.

Joyce Kunzelman: Good to hear, we’ve done little to address the homeless issue for too long.

Wayne Pierce: Thank you Mayor and council for standing strong. For too long we have put off dealing with our homeless problem. The Journey Home is coming into play and this is another good step.

Maggie Niewinski: Understand the frustration of the residents, l don’t think the Mayor would like to live next to the project like that.

Michael Young: funny how the ones who choose to relocate to this Country or Province complain the loudest…

Maggie Niewinski: Michael Young didn’t everyone relocate to this country at some point?

Cara Kirkey: I do wonder what the point of a public hearing was as councillors had their minds made up regardless.

Michele Rule: Thank you, city council, for your ongoing commitment to the Journey Home strategy.

Janet Cameron: Last night was a waste of time more than eight hours. This project was bought and paid for nearly a year ago. They were just going through the motions. Ticking the boxes. I think the people in favour of this facility should step in and start buying and renting the properties in the immediate neighbourhood and put their money where their mouths are. There are three to four complexes with no age restriction.

Rebekah Johnston: Sad thing here is all those in opposition aren’t thinking about the seniors and young kids in the downtown area… just don’t bring “them” near their house. Property values aren’t going to drop. 9/10 times people are blissfully unaware that there are housing and rehab living buildings one block away. It’s not like council is making you put some stranger up on your spare room. Get off your high horse and give a person a fighting chance.

Clint Lundie: I think they’re trying to do something about the homeless problem.


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