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City of Spokane backs out of land deal with Union Gospel Mission

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with the Union Gospel Mission at its meeting Monday night. 

The public and council members expressed concern the city had made an unfair deal with the non-profit. 

The deal would have allowed the city to build a stormwater treatment project and use land for the Ben Burr Trail. UGM would have gotten several nearby parcels of land. 

UGM has also faced controversy for its policies against hiring members of the LGBTQ community and for not allowing transgender people to stay at its shelter. 


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