The town council in Marystown says it will not stand in the way of a youth home proposed for a residential area in the community — and will not appeal a recent decision that paves the way for the controversial facility.
At the end of July, the Eastern Newfoundland and Regional Appeal Board overturned a decision by council that wouldn't allow Blue Sky to operate a home.
The town's deputy mayor, Al Spencer, said the town council's initial decision to vote down the location of a proposed youth home was a difficult one — but said the decision was based strictly on zoning laws.
Al Spencer told CBC the decision to move out of the way of the development came much easier.
"Based on the legal advice that we've obtained, and the cost to run an appeal, and the likelihood of winning an appeal, we were not prepared to take on that challenge," Spencer said.
Blue Sky hoping for similar outcome
Anne Whelan, CEO of Blue Sky, said she's pleased the town won't appeal, especially since the appeal board sided with her.
Whelan is hoping that Stephenville, another town that Blue Sky has been locked in a battle with, comes to the same decision.
"We're hopeful that with the same facts, they will reach the same conclusion and we'll be able to eventually open in Stephenville as well," said Whelan.
As for Marystown, council said it will likely confirm the company's application next week, and will work with Blue Sky and concerned residents to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.