October 11, 2017
A city councillor is the lone voice around the table against moves that could lead to the demolition of a problem residential building in the downtown.
Owned by the Full Gospel Outreach Centre, 925 Central Ave. has attracted hundreds of calls for police and bylaw officers, and by the owner’s admission has had issues with drug dealers and gangs. Downtown businesses have raised concerns about the crime around the site and how that’s deterring people from shopping in the area.
However, councillor Terra Lennox-Zepp is not in agreement with her fellow councillors on how to proceed.
“Demolishing the building does not solve the issues,” she said. “What the city should be spending its money on is ways to reduce crime, not ways to move it to other parts of our city.”