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Another affordable housing project in the works for Kamloops

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April 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops is working on another new affordable housing project on Royal Avenue.

The project with roughly 40 new units for seniors and families is being planned for on a Royal Avenue site on the North Shore. Community development supervisor Jen Casorso says the City is putting up the land while the province, through B.C. Housing, is pitching up to $5 million.

“It used to be the old Thrupp Manor Housing Society site,” Casorso says. “We’re looking at the mix between seniors and families or whatever a non-profit organization believes is reasonable for that location.”

Applications just closed for non-profits interested in partnering on the project, and the city and province are evaluating them now.

“Hopefully in the next couple of the weeks we’ll have an announcement around who’s the successful applicant,” she says.

The project follows in the footsteps of plans in 2011 that didn’t pan out. Casorso says six years ago the city rezoned properties for similar projects, but they never came to fruition. The lessons learned then has helped the city and B.C. Housing on this project.

“We didn’t have any successful applications at that time,” she says. “There are some things we learned in that process around fixed cost for the sites we were looking at, the equity that a non-profit comes to the table with; so we went back to the drawing board.”

The project also follows two others announced last week by the provincial government.

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