Vernon and North Okanagan
A new affordable place to call home
Sep 24, 2013 / 7:18 pm
There are only two units left in the brand new affordable housing complex named the ‘Vernon Viridian’ that just opened its doors in central Vernon.
The $2.9 million 20-unit complex located at 3705 - 24th Ave consists of eight bachelor, eight one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units managed and operated by Kindale Developmental Association.
Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky says the community has been dedicated to providing better solutions to those who require assistance.
“There is certainly a need in Vernon and the studies show that with the social problems we have, one of the most cost effective strategies to deal with them is to provide safe affordable housing and the citizens in our community have been committed to that for quite some time,” said Sawatzky.
The capital cost of the project was approximately $2.9 million, of which the B.C. government provided over $2.85 million for the purchase of the land and capital costs. The City of Vernon waived over $81,370 in development cost charges.
“Affordable housing is a big part of what the BC government does. It is a major focus,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “Right here in the Vernon area we find that there are over 1,500 families that are benefiting from provincial assistance, whether it is housing like this or subsidies to their rent payments.”
New tenant Olivia Lewis shared her excitement and gratitude for her new one bedroom town home in the complex. Lewis says she was a foster kid from a very rough background and to get her own key and her own remote controlled garage door plus in home laundry in her brand new unit is something she never thought would happen.
“The benefits of providing safe comfortable housing are so well known that it is really one of the great days in local government, it’s a pleasure that I can be here to celebrate the work of so many other people,” boasted Mayor Sawatsky.
Tenants began to move in mid-September and the final two rental units currently available are expected to be snatched up in the next few days with full occupancy by late November.
“Vernon Viridian is a great example of what can be done when partners work together to create safe, affordable rentals. These new apartments will change the lives of the people who call them home,”added Letnick.
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