Kimberley Lions score affordable housing project

Eight units will be made available for needy families by next September

One of the four unit buildings that will be renovated.

It’s been a long haul, but good things come to those who wait, says David Biggs of the Kimberley Lions Club and Project Society, as last week the province confirmed that money was coming for an affordable housing project in Kimberley. The province announced a commitment of $516 million toward 68 projects, including eight units in Kimberley.

These are not new units, but complete renovations of two four-unit buildings on Church Street, which have been vacant for some five years.

The buildings will be completely remodeled, Biggs says.

“They will be completely gutted. None of them are occupied at the moment.

“These units will be aimed at affordable housing for families in need. We hope to have four three-bedroom and four two-bedroom units.”

The Project Society will receive in excess of $500,000 for the renovations, with the grant in the form of a forgiveable mortgage.

Biggs says work is already starting on putting out needed tenders so everything will be in place by March 2017. The goal is to have the buildings ready by September, 2017.

“We have been working on this for a good eight to nine years. Finally it’s come to fruition.”

“This is why we continue to work so hard to build Canada’s leading economy,” said Premier Christy Clark. “It gives us the ability to make significant investments, put British Columbians first, and take immediate action to increase the rental supply in communities throughout B.C.”

 

Just Posted

Kimberley Community Band in concert

The recent concert by Kimberley Community Band featured a number of soloists.… Continue reading

Upcoming Chamber events in Kimberley

The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Chamber Week (Feb. 20-24) with… Continue reading

Council discusses renewing MOU with BC Timber Sales

Kimberley City Council has voted to table a discussion about a Memorandum… Continue reading

Kimberley Youth Action Network asks for City’s help in becoming legal entity

The Kimberley Youth Action Network (KYAN) is requesting that the City of… Continue reading

Friends of the Kimberley Public Library celebrate another successful year

2018 saw over 10,000 books sold to about 3000 customers.

Regional news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie and Kimberley.

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Lee Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

Most Read