Families, seniors and people with disabilities in Ladysmith will soon have more affordable housing options, with construction underway on a 36-unit rental housing project in the community.
The long-awaited affordable housing project at 314 Buller Street — which is spearheaded by the Ladysmith Resource Centre Association — will soon see on-site construction activity. The four-storey building will provide studio, one and two-bedroom homes for people with moderate and low incomes. The building also has a main-floor office rental space.
“It is vital that we help deliver the affordable homes people need in Ladysmith and throughout the province,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “Local partners, such as the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association, are essential to help the provincial government deliver these badly needed homes quickly and efficiently. I’m so grateful for this organization’s support and energy to get these homes delivered for the community.”
The LRCA will operate the new homes and they own the land that the project will be on. The site was previously occupied by St. John’s Anglican Church. FMI Installations and the Ladysmith Historical Society worked with the LRCA to salvage the church’s bell, which is now on display at the Ladysmith Museum.
The Province is providing a grant of approximately $3.8 million from the Building BC: Community Housing Fund for the project, and will provide approximately $227,000 in annual operating funding.
“The Buller Street project has been a labour of love for numerous Ladysmith Resources Centre Association volunteer committees and board of directors, past and present,” said Vicky Stickwood-Hislop, board president, Ladysmith Resources Centre Association. “With the generosity of our donors and funders, this project will meet a diverse range of housing needs in the community and will provide space for local organizations to deliver community-oriented services and programming.”
Construction work is expected to begin in early June. Residents will be able to move into their new homes by fall 2022.