ICAN Housing Solutions has tabled its plans to create housing for homeless veterans at the Harleigh Hotel.
ICAN Housing Solutions has tabled its plans to convert the Harleigh Hotel into an apartment building for homeless veterans.
The agency, a Canton-based organization that helps people with psychiatric disabilities find housing and live independently, had hoped to convert the hotel at 500 N. Main St. into a 25-unit apartment building. The agency said its primary hope was to provide housing for homeless veterans, citing a more than 1,000 telephones made to the homeless hotline by people who identified themselves as veterans.
But the project came under attack from residents concerned that the facility would end up becoming a home for mentally ill residents. While Maryellen Cameron, ICAN’s executive director, insisted the agency wanted the building to house veterans, she acknowledged that non-veterans suffering from mental illness might end up living in the building.
The hotel has 31 rooms. ICAN wanted to create eight one-bedroom and 17 efficiency apartments. The project would have required zoning variances for unit density and parking spaces.
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, ICAN officials said they “became concerned when a capital needs assessment for the location revealed the changes necessary for ICAN’s plans are cost prohibitive based on availability of grant funding.”
In the statement, Cameron said ICAN will continue looking for a building or site that can meet the needs of local veterans.