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Members of the Kinsmen Club of All Saints know all about building a sense of community.
Chesterfield Housing Development, a division of the St. Vital-based club, has announced it will build a three-storey apartment building consisting of 45 one-bedroom apartments.
The affordable housing units are aimed at individuals aged 55 and over who might be on a fixed income, said Rodger Salm, a director of Chesterfield Housing. A percentage of the apartments at the development that are currently occupied are also subsidized.
The project, which will cost $4.5 million, will begin this spring with the demolition of a single-storey apartment building — d-block, the most easterly of the complex’s buildings — that was built in the 1960s. This will make room for the new building, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. The addition will increase the total number of apartments in the complex to 105.
The construction contract has been awarded to Montrose Winnipeg, a division of Montrose Mortgage Corporation, and Boretta Construction, said Gordon Westley, who is also a director, as well as Chesterfield Housing’s chair. The project’s architect is Affinity Architecture.
"For me, the key point is that we’re doing this without any money from any level of government. I’m really proud of that," Westley said.
He said because all of the four buildings in the complex are mortgage-free, there is enough equity in the development to fund the new construction.
Chartered in 1946, the Kinsmen Club of All-Saints is a member Club of Kin Canada, which is a secular non-profit organization that promotes service, fellowship, positive values and national pride. Westley said each club chooses how it wants to work in its respective community.
"Back in the 1950, the All Saints Kinsmen decided there was a need for affordable housing in this area. At the beginning, the builds were one of the so-called ‘building lotteries’ when ticket sales paid for the tradespeople and the work and the labour," he said.
On Jan. 1, 2017, current residents at the housing development will be able to apply for one of the new apartments, having first refusal. On Feb. 1, 2017, the offer will be opened up to the whole community.
And while no government funding has been used for the initiative, Westley said various organizations and local political figures from all three levels of government have lent their support and guidance to the project in some shape or form.
These include Manitoba Housing; Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital); former St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover; lawyer Gord Steeves, a former St. Vital city councillor; and Rochelle Squires, the recently-elected MLA for Riel.
As with many projects of this nature, things haven’t just come together overnight.
"We’ve been working on this project for three years," Salm said.
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