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Special meeting called for Arlington

The future of an affordable housing project in Akinsdale will be the topic of a special city council meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The future of an affordable housing project in Akinsdale will be the topic of a special city council meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The city called the meeting Tuesday in anticipation of receiving word from Habitat For Humanity about the feasibility of its project at 70 Arlington Dr.

No one from the city or Habitat would provide details about the project’s status or the exact nature of the meeting.

“We’re going to get all the information together today and tomorrow and we’re going to decide if we need to do anything further,” said Mayor Nolan Crouse on Tuesday.

Habitat CEO Alfred Nikolai wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the project would die if it was held at 24 units, but he has a press release ready to go out Thursday.

“Maybe the special meeting will change that, I don’t know,” he said.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

Council decided last week that the 30 unit duplex proposal put forth by Habitat was too dense and asked the organization to calculate whether a 24 unit project was feasible.

The project has been at the centre of a neighbourhood uprising that’s included a lawsuit filed against the city by area residents. Previous versions of the project had called for 34, 58 and 63 units.