The future of Coulee Council on Addictions' new facility depends on a super majority vote from the Common Council Thursday.
Plans for the new facility were unveiled in May of this year, but the rezoning of its proposed location in the Washburn neighborhood has been the subject of controversy since mid-summer.
Controversy came about when neighbors in the immediate area spoke out in opposition. They believed the rezoning reflected the city going back on a promise to keep that area residential and argued that there was a lack of transparency in the planning process.
Rezoning of the Ferry Street 900 block will need to pass by at least a 10 to 3 vote. As it stands currently, two council members are expected to vote against the rezoning. Just two more would mean the ordinance fails.
Coulee Council has already accepted an offer for their current facility and Executive Director Cheryl Hancock said they have no backup plan yet, should the ordinance fail.
"We want to make sure we continue to provide our services," said Hancock. "We may need to find a different place to do that in the short term, but hopefully we won't because with that comes a price."
The vote will take place at the October 12 Common Council meeting.
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