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Affordable housing partner picked

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society has been selected to build and operate up to 90 units of affordable rental housing for low to modest income families and individuals at the Central Green site in Kelowna.

The 13 acre Central Green site at the corner of Harvey Avenue and Richter Street is the former home to Kelowna Secondary School.

In August of last year, BC Housing announced it had reached an agreement to create up to 90 apartments on the site.

"Creating affordable rental housing is just one of the ways our government is putting the needs of families first in Kelowna and around British Columbia," says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

"We're excited to be working with the city and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on the development at Central Green."

The selection follows a Request for Proposal call issued by the BC Government in September 2013.

The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society brings more than 40 years of experience to the project providing support services and affordable housing for First Nations people and individuals in need in the Kelowna area.

"Central Green is a city-led development bringing together multi- family dwellings, retail spaces, a community park and other public amenities downtown," says City of Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray.

"We are delighted to have the Ki-Low-Na Friendship society as a partner in the development of this integrated, modern community."

The affordable housing development is located at 1700 Chapman Place and will be part of the larger city-led development at the Central Green site in Kelowna.

The 90 unit affordable housing project is just one component of the site which is set to include several multi-family apartment complexes, commercial and retail space plus a five acre park.

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