Kitchener's first Consumption and Treatment Services site should be ready to open by mid-October.
Regional Chair Karen Redman confirms the lease has been signed and they are moving forward with the renovations for the interim site at 150 Duke Street.
"We're probably a month behind where we'd thought we'd be, but I'm really pleased to see that this is another step forward to providing that service to people in our community." said Redman.
Redman believes the service will address a problem that already exists.
"There are people using drugs in the streets in back alleys and this is a much safer place for them and for the rest of the community." she told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS. "Part of why this seems like a very long journey is because the region and public health wanted to do their due diligence to make sure the community were on side and that they understood both the benefits and the implications,"
Redman adds she is "very comfortable," with the Duke location, given it was the prevailing community supported site.
"And I'm proud of the City of Kitchener councillors who really looked at all aspects, got the full information and decided that was the location they could support."
She said there won't be police on guard, but it will monitored. "If we need to step that up we will. So I think being able to react and being nimble to emerging issues should give community comfort that we are monitoring it."
An official opening date should be known within a few weeks.
However, the region is still waiting on the provincial government to provide funding for the permanent CTS site, something Redman is confident they will get.
She said it will cost the region around $730,000 to operate the interim site.