POR ALBERNI, B.C. — Work is scheduled to begin on nearly 50 new, affordable rental homes for families and seniors in Port Alberni, B.C.
The project is a partnership between the province and the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society (ALEHS).
“I am so excited to see this project moving forward as we continue to make investments in the affordable housing people in our community need,” said Scott Fraser, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim, in a statement. “The mix of subsidized and affordable rentals will benefit a wide range of people in our community, while the Passive design will help ensure heating and utility costs also remain affordable for residents. Thank you to our partners, the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society, for their hard work and dedication on this project.”
The project consists of a four-storey, 46-unit apartment building for families and seniors, ranging from those on income assistance to those with incomes up to $113,040. The development will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Monthly rents will be a mix of subsidized and affordable market rents.
ALEHS will own and operate the building.
The society’s goals include developing low-energy housing and the building will aim to meet the energy efficiency requirements necessary to achieve a Passive House certification. Passive house buildings use up to 90 per cent less energy than regularly constructed buildings. This results in reduced operating costs and less wasted energy.
“The board of the Alberni Low Energy Housing Society is extremely pleased to provide highly energy efficient and superior quality housing for people with financial challenges,” said Mike Ruttan, board chair with the ALEHS. “This project will be for the whole range of demographics within our city: seniors, youth, children and families. It’s one that we believe people will be proud to live in and call home. We aim to create a sense of community where everyone works to create a sense of belonging and co-operation. This project would not have been possible without the support of BC Housing and its belief in our vision.”
Crews are set to begin work on the project in September and the homes are expected to open in fall 2021.