Seventy per cent of the 38 units to be constructed by Nelson CARES at 205 Hall St. will be subsidized, while the remainder will be rented at market value. Illustration: City of Nelson

YEAR IN REVIEW: Influx of housing comes to Nelson

Our No. 4 story of 2018

Coming into 2018, Nelson CARES’ $11-million, 47-unit housing project on Front Street had been approved by the city and funded by BC Housing to the tune of $6.6 million.

The demolition of the old motel on the site began this year.

Forty-two of the units, which are either one-bedroom or two-bedrooms suites, are reserved for seniors of low and moderate income. The remaining five studio units are for adults with disabilities who are at risk of homelessness.

Meanwhile, the Share Housing Society’s housing project on Falls Street received a boost when city council agreed to variances that would allow the group, headed by Jim Reimer, to subdivide the property in a way that works for BC Housing.

That agency is in line to provide $10-million to the proposed five-storey building with 39 one-bedroom units plus some commercial space.

Related: Nelson council approves Pastor Jim Reimer’s low-income housing project variances

In September, Vendure Retirement Communities of Kelowna announced a plan to build a 127-unit seniors housing complex on Vernon Street, on the lot that has been vacant for most of Nelson’s history, across from the Adventure Hotel.

The development would be a private business with no government funding. It would provide a variety of recreational activities and also assisted living services to those who need it.

Related: Seniors’ housing planned for Nelson’s Vernon St

In August, Culos Developments of Kelowna announced that it would buy the vacant lot at 205 Hall St. from the city to construct an apartment building. The development would have included 38 units of housing and four commercial properties on the ground floor.

Three months later, Nelson CARES announced that it would purchase the lot instead, with the help of a $4.5-million grant from the provincial government.

Seventy per cent of the units will be subsidized, while the remainder will be rented at market value.

Related: Nelson CARES to buy Hall-Front development for affordable housing

In October, a new 12-unit seniors’ housing complex opened in Slocan, a project of the Seniors Housing Society.

At the grand opening, Columbia Basin Trust director and Slocan Valley resident Corky Evans said the project demonstrates that “you can do anything if you get a committee of people together who do what they say they’re going to do.”

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