Funding for the construction of eight Habitat For Humanity duplexes was approved by City Council Tuesday night, April 12.
Although she wasn't sure about the $692,903 being used to buy land initially, councilor Birgit Blizzard was one of the five to vote in favour. Councillor Stew Hennig voted against the motion, while Councillor Ed Sperling was absent to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
"It's going to the right place, as we need more Habitat builds, it helps people get homes," Blizzard noted.
"I think it was a positive move jumping on the opportunity to provide home ownership to those who need a hand up," councillor Frank Garritsen said. "Mayor Gale Katchur came up with the idea of the Move Up Program. There were so many restrictions the people who needed the money couldn't access it, but to now give that money to habitat is a great move."
The location has yet to be determined. The City of Fort Saskatchewan analyzed 11 sites, but every site was not recommended for development.
Council also gave first reading and discussed amending the land use bylaw for downtown specific regulations to replace the Central Business District with eight new districts.