Salvation Army supportive housing complex “approaching final crunch time”

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Executive director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army, Jared Braun, says that construc…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Executive director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army, Jared Braun, says that construction on the organization’s supportive housing complex should be wrapping up shortly.

Braun says the complex is just waiting to be hooked up to permanent electricity.

“The prime contractor said they’re waiting to see if they can start digging the trench for the power lines or if they need to wait until it thaws out a bit more,” Braun said.

“Until they do that, things like the fire alarm system and so on aren’t set up. There’s no possibility of occupancy until all that stuff is hooked up,” he continued.

Braun says contractors will be completing the outside work as the weather warms up and the spring thaw comes along.

“There’s quite a bit of landscaping and concrete work that will need to happen in the next couple of months. But, on the construction end of things in general, it’s coming along really well,” Braun stated.

He adds that the organization still needs to put through significant orders for operational supplies such as computers and office and kitchen supplies.

“We’re still waiting for the confirmed budget from B.C. Housing that will then allow us to start recruiting and working towards hiring staff. So those, all those things will take a number of months yet,” Braun said.

He adds that the organization hoped to start welcoming residents in early summer, but that may not happen.

“Hopefully, we can still work towards that if all these other pieces come together. It’s just feeling like it’s the final crunch time,” Braun said.

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