- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council has given preliminary approval to an overhaul of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to close the city’s largest homeless shelter and replace it with a network of smaller shelters around the city.

Under the council’s plan, most of the proposed new shelters would be built on public land, rather than on private property as Bowser proposed.

After the vote on Tuesday, Bowser said she was concerned that the council’s plan would delay the closing of the dilapidated D.C. General shelter. The mayor wants the shelter to be closed by 2018.

Council chairman Phil Mendelson says the plan would save about $165 million over what Bowser proposed. He also said the council was hindered by “obfuscation and misinformation” from the Bowser administration as it considered the proposal.

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