Homeward Trust wants to build a new development for the Station Pointe lands on 66th street south of Fort rd, that is both market housing, and social housing to take care of the needs of some of their clients. And that is bringing some expected blow back from those who think north east Edmonton has too much concentration compared to the rest of the city.
“I understand anxiety of the unknown,” said Susan McGee, the executive director of Homeward Trust. She explained the three phase plan to city council’s executive committee that would see 42 units of supportive housing built, plus some townhouse units that would be available for “affordable home ownership or rental with families” in mind, plus an 18 storey apartment tower of 156 units for market rental housing.
The whole key to getting buy in said the ward councillor Ed Gibbons, is to explain to every one including business owners and residents what you have in mind.
“In this case we sold a piece of land. Let’s just make sure that…Homeward Trust is going to deal with the community.”
“It’ll help Homeward Trust in the long run,” Gibbons told reporters. “It’s not about that I’m against social housing. It’s about let’s communicate and make sure that we’re all working in the same direction.”
Since the land is already zoned, the city doesn’t have a role to play officially in holding meetings to have public consultation. But because of the sensitivity of the project, they’ll help Homeward Trust. McGee said they’ll have a tough time at first telling their story since the sale isn’t complete, and there aren’t detailed drawings to show the plan. Yet they’ll use their track record to show they can provide their clients a dignified living environment with mental health and other supports.
“In terms of the projects we have developed, and the organizations we work with, we really do work to be a great neighbor. Some times it does take going into the community and actually proving that in fact the non-market housing we’re supporting can be an asset and can really improve what’s there and we just have to keep proving that. And that’s okay.”
She said in other projects, the budget for supports has been as high as $1 mllion.
McGee suspects it’ll take two years before the property will begin development.
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