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FORT ST. JOHN – Construction is underway on a project by BC Hydro and BC Housing to build 50 new affordable housing units in Fort St. John.
The six-storey wood-frame building will contain 35 two-bedroom and 15 three-bedroom units when complete in December 2018. Five of the units will be wheelchair accessible.
Once the building is complete, 40 units will be available for rent by Site C construction workers and their families, with the remaining 10 units made available for immediate use by the community as affordable rental housing. At the completion of construction of Site C, all 50 units will be provided as affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households.
The building has been designed to meet Passive House standards for energy efficiency, including highly insulated walls, high-performance windows and building orientation to optimize solar gain. The building will be the largest Passive House-certified building in B.C.
BC Housing is leading the development, construction, management and operation of the building. Construction on the building began in 2017 with occupancy scheduled for January 2019. Later this year, BC Housing will seek a non-profit building operator through a public contracting process. The building operator and BC Housing will share information regarding eligibility and how to apply for the affordable housing units.
BC Hydro is committed to providing legacy benefits for the residents of Fort St. John and other communities in the Peace Region. The provision of additional affordable rental housing in Fort St. John is a condition of the project’s environmental approval.
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