Af­ford­able hous­ing pro­ject slated for First Av­enue

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Mark NIELSEN Cit­i­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca

A pair of af­ford­able hous­ing projects are in the works for the cur­rent home of a recre­ational ve­hi­cle deal­er­ship in the city, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment said Thurs­day.

Sub­ject to re­zon­ing, an en­vi­ron­men­tal and geotech­ni­cal re­view, and pro­ject ap­proval, the city will be pur­chas­ing the NR Mo­tors site at 805 First Ave.

From there, BC Hous­ing is to lead the con­struc­tion over two phases of a build­ing con­tain­ing 50 units of sup­port­ive hous­ing and one hold­ing 50 units of rental homes for low-in­come peo­ple.

Rents for the units will work out to 30 per cent of the ten­ant’s gross house­hold in­come.

Each build­ing would in­clude ground­floor health­care space that would de­liver ser­vices for both res­i­dents and the pub­lic.

“Ex­pe­ri­enced non-profit hous­ing providers” would over­see the day-to-day man­age­ment of both build­ings and North­ern Health, in part­ner­ship with other health ser­vice agen­cies, would over­see the spa­ces and pro­vide pri­mary care, harm re­duc­tion, men­tal health and sub­stance-use ser­vices.

The pro­posal ad­dresses rec­om­men­da­tions in North­ern Health’s 2017 down­town health-ser­vices plan and would be the first in Prince Ge­orge to pro­vide such a range of hous­ing and ser­vices un­der one roof.

“This pro­ject is a great ex­am­ple of how we’re work­ing with part­ners to make life bet­ter for peo­ple in Prince Ge­orge,” Selina Robin­son, Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and Hous­ing, said in a news re­lease.

“Peo­ple should be able to find af­ford­able hous­ing that works for them, close to the health­care ser­vices they count on, and that’s what this pro­ject will de­liver.”

Ac­cord­ing to NR Mo­tors, the com­pany has out­grown its cur­rent site and is plan­ning to move to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion.

How much the city will pay for the First Av­enue prop­erty was not pro­vided.

“The city will re­lease the pur­chase price once all of the pur­chase con­di­tions have been sat­is­fied,” city spokesper­son Mike Kel­lett said.

“When peo­ple have sta­ble hous­ing and ac­cess to sup­ports when and where they need them, it ben­e­fits the en­tire com­mu­nity,” Judy Darcy, Min­is­ter of Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions, said in the re­lease.

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