Hope Mission has won the right to tear down and rebuild the 63-year-old Herb Jamieson Centre, despite community concerns the concentration of homeless services is damaging the neighbourhood.

A decision from the city’s arm’s-length subdivision and development appeal board gives the not-for-profit agency the right to rebuild a structure with cots for 400 men at the 100 Street and 105A Avenue site. But officials still need to raise $5.5 million more in private donations, plus convince government officials a matching $8-million investment is worthwhile.