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Modular accessible-housing units for seniors open in Cranbrook, British Columbia

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by Journal Of Commerce

A new 36-unit modular housing development for seniors and persons with disabilities has officially opened in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

CRANBROOK, B.C.

A new 36-unit modular housing development for seniors and persons with disabilities has officially opened in Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Baker Gardens will be managed and operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Kootenays, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and promoting mental health through the provision of services, programming advocacy and public education.

It is the largest modular housing development in British Columbia built under the Seniors’ Rental Housing (SRH) initiative.

The modular units meet EnerGuide 80 standards – a rating of “excellent” – and are designed to be easily accessible for seniors and people with disabilities.

Through an amendment to the Canada-British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement, the federal and provincial governments both contributed to the project, with the City of Cranbrook providing the land and waiving development cost charges. Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) also contributed to the overall capital costs.

CBT has committed $425,000 to the overall capital cost of seven sites in the Columbia Basin region for a total of 114 units under the SRH initiative, including Baker Gardens. Other SRH projects in development with CBT commitment include Baynes Lake, Creston, Golden, Kimberley, two sites in Revelstoke and Valemount.

The SRH initiative is a result of a $365-million joint investment under an amendment to the Canada-British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement, which includes funding through Canada’s Economic Action Plan and the Government of B.C.

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