Fierce debate has swirled in Vanier and beyond ever since the Salvation Army announced plans in late June to build a new multi-purpose facility — which opponents call a “mega-shelter” — on Montreal Road.

The plan calls for a 9,600-square-metre hub that includes an emergency shelter, day programs, medical care, addiction services and administrative space. It would replace the Concorde Motel beside the current Salvation Army thrift store. A house on Ste. Anne Avenue would be demolished to provide a secondary access to the property.