Construction is starting on 49 new affordable rental homes for families and seniors in Fernie through a partnership between the Province, the Columbia Basin Trust and the Fernie Family Housing Society.
“It has been difficult for many people in B.C. to find safe, affordable housing, including areas in rural B.C.” said Katrine Conroy, Minister Responsible for the Trust. “These 49 new rental homes for families and seniors in Fernie will help people be able to stay in their community, close to loved ones, work, school and services they count on. Thanks to the Trust and the Fernie Family Housing Society for partnering with the government to make this project a reality.”
Located on a vacant portion of 1301 4th Ave., the project for families and seniors with low to moderate incomes includes a 35-unit apartment building and 14 townhouse units. The development will also include a children’s play area that will serve the entire site.
The project is centrally located, within close proximity to amenities and services. Isabella Dicken Elementary school is adjacent to the site, and Fernie Secondary school and Elk Valley Hospital are located behind the site.
“This is the first time in several years that rental housing has been built in Fernie, so these units will greatly help many local families, seniors and individuals live in suitable, affordable homes. The number of organizations partnering to make this project come true is impressive, and we’re glad we were able to tailor our resources to support their efforts. Congratulations to the entire community of Fernie,” Johnny Strilaeff, president and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust.
Residents are expected to move into the building in late fall 2021.
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