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Housing project planned for former Nelson, B.C. motel site

JOC News Service
Housing project planned for former Nelson, B.C. motel site
NELSON CARES SOCIETY - A rendering shows Lakeside Place, an affordable housing project under construction in Nelson, B.C. The project, being built on the site of a motel that was demolished in 2018, is expected to open its doors late next year.

NELSON, B.C. – More housing is on the way for residents in Nelson, B.C. The province announced funding for Lakeside Place – a 47-unit building to built on the site of former motel.

Crews will build a four-storey, wood- frame facility with units for seniors, adults with disabilities and the homeless.

“To do well in life, people need a place to call home, and we are making sure that more people in our community have that today,” said Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston, in a press release. “These new homes will provide safe, secure and affordable housing for people in our community. Our government would like to thank our community partners who have worked so hard to make this project possible.”

The building’s design includes laundry facilities, an amenity room with a residential kitchen and office space for Nelson CARES Society Kootenay Seniors program. The site used to be a 20-unit motel. The motel was demolished last year.

Thanks to a partnership with the city, tentative plans also include a large outdoor space on east side of the building for residents and the public.

“I would like to thank Nelson CARES, the Province of British Columbia and Columbia Basin Trust for bringing this much-needed project to our community,” said John Dooley, mayor, city of Nelson, in a press release. “Nelson has experienced a near 0 per cent vacancy rate for several years, and we are hopeful that projects such as this will free up housing units in our community, while providing affordable accommodation for our seniors and persons living with disabilities.”

Nelson CARES Society gifted the site for the project and will own and operate the building once it is finished. The society also operates an adjacent eight-unit building to serve people at risk of homelessness and will coordinate care and resources for residents at both sites.

B.C. has set aside $8.6 million for the project and construction financing. Columbia Basin Trust provided a grant of $200,000 for the development of the project.

Construction began in September 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by late 2020.

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