No site for warming centre set but city to have one up for Nov.

City staff are optimistic a spot for a temporary warming centre will be secured well before the temperatures begin to drop. Two weeks ago council nixed a former city parks building at 4934-54th Street in the soon-to-be re-developed Railyards District.

City staff are optimistic a spot for a temporary warming centre will be secured well before the temperatures begin to drop.

Two weeks ago council nixed a former city parks building at 4934-54th Street in the soon-to-be re-developed Railyards District.

Council reasoned it was not the ideal location after heating it would be too costly to fix up and concerns from the business community about the city’s long-term vision for the area.

Now it is back to the drawing board, said Tara Lodewyk, director of planning services.

“We are still working through trying to put forward some alternative locations,” she said. “We hope to come back to council as soon as possible. We are trying to work quickly.”

The city will revisit some of the undisclosed sites that it had originally considered and additional ones.

The warming centre would ideally open on Nov.1 to service the homeless population.

Last year the city and community agencies set up the temporary warming place out of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in the downtown for the homeless population following the closure of the Berachah Place.

It was run by the Safe Harbour Society.

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