SAULT STE. MARIE – Earlier this year, local Social Services and Housing Department in Sault Ste. Marie was hoping to turn an old elementary school into senior's apartments and a day care centre.

On October 9, City Council approved a re-zoning application and Rosedale School will officially become a new hub for local social services.

It will also include nine senior apartments, a day care centre and various community partners will have a presence.

This new location will allow social services to close down a current local hub as programs will be moved over.

"We will be moving our Ontario works program … And also who will be working out of here will be Algoma family services big brothers big sisters out of the hub area," Said Jeff Barben, Social Services Sault Ste. Marie.

"Our involvement is to work with the community to establish a licensed childcare establishment at this location as well as an early on center… there will be 49 license childcare spots to begin with and we're hoping to eventually expand that to 65," said Carla Fairbrother, Director of Early Year Services.

The project is expected to cost $4 million and it's hoped construction will be completed by the end of 2020.