One of Edmonton’s biggest homeless shelters will be torn down as soon as next year — and then rebuilt on the same site.

The redevelopment of the Hope Mission’s Herb Jamieson Centre has been given the green light to proceed, despite opposition from area residents and business owners who criticized the proposal at the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board on Wednesday.

“It’s an old, tired building,” said Bruce Reith, executive director of the Hope Mission. “We want to get a brand new building on the existing footprint … that’s safe for everyone that’s staying there. It’s just a nicer, safer building.”