BC Housing is hosting public information sessions about the new housing project on Fraser Street till Wednesday. But the city of Maple Ridge wants to ensure they are more than just living spaces.
In a statement issued by the city, Maple Ridge Mayor Mike Morden emphasized the importance of “complex care” housing for the 11685 and 11695 Fraser Street project.
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“Housing alone is not the entire solution [as] without the right care and programs, the problems residents and the neighbourhood face daily at Royal Crescent will simply move with them to Fraser Street, just two blocks away,” he said.
But BC Housing shared that the new building on Fraser and 224th Street will include a communal space.
It will host skill workshops for residents as well as social and cultural gatherings.
“It will give residents an opportunity to interact with each other, the staff [and] guests outside their rooms, something that was not possible at Royal Crescent,” said Tim Chamberlin, media representative of BC Housing.
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The 52-units, built off-site, will replace the Royal Crescent modular housing that has reached the end of its useful life.
Residents will move to this new housing by summer 2022.
On Thursday, the city announced a new 64 rental unit housing project. The Turnock Manor, for middle-class families and individuals, struggling to find affordable homes near work.
BC Housing is currently working on 243 affordable homes across Maple Ridge. This includes family housing, shelter and supportive housing, youth housing and affordable homes for seniors.