New affordable housing in Chetwynd

Groundbreaking began on Friday for new affordable housing in Chetwynd.

The housing is comprised of a total of 12 units, for both assisted living and low-income seniors. Eight units will be for low-income seniors, while the remaining four will be designated assisted living units.

The first Olympic Legacy Affordable Housing site is a result of a promise made when the province had bid for the Olympics. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom says the Province made a commitment to increase housing options, and now the Province is partnering with communities to make this happen.

The housing will be named Surerus Place, and is a result of an agreement between the Province and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games. The agreement proposes to reconfigure 320 temporary modular housing units from the Olympic and Paralympics Village at Whistler, and relocate and convert them into 156 permanent, affordable housing units in six communities across B.C.

In addition to Chetwynd, sites in Chilliwack, Enderby, Saanich, Sechelt and Surrey are being developed.

In a news release, executive vice-president of VANOC, Dan Doyle said what began as 320 temporary shared housing units for 600 Games athletes and officials will become 156 permanent affordable housing units in Chetwynd and other communities in B.C.

Surerus Place will cost approximately $3.2 million, including land, access and services provided by the District of Chetwynd valued at approximately 600 thousand dollars.

The development will be located on the banks of Windrem Creek and will be operated by the Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society.