The City of Hamilton has agreed to pay 250 thousand dollars in initial costs to fix up Charlton Hall, the home for troubled teens.
That is the same facility the city decided against moving to Augusta Street, which would have cost the city nothing.
The quarter of a million dollars in repairs is just the start of the 1.2 million dollars needed in urgent renovations and it will require a further 1.5 million dollars in upgrades.
The home for girls with mental health issues has been the focus of debate for its attempts to move out of the old building to a better facility on Augusta Street.
But council decided against the move because it would contravene a city by law against too many group homes in one neighbourhood.
That decision is going before the Ontario Municipal Board.