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Ladysmith Kinsmen form affordable housing society

Club hopes to acquire property for multi-family development

The Ladysmith Kinsmen Club is hoping to acquire an old building at the end of 6th Ave and Methuen Street for a small development that could house up to eight young families.

The club is creating an affordable housing society to support young families, according to a letter to town council from Duck Paterson, project chair for the Kinsmen Club.

“As council is undoubtedly aware, Ladysmith is sorely lacking in the affordable housing market, especially for young families and its the Kinsmen Club’s goal to help fix this,” the letter reads.

The property would allow easy access to downtown and is close to schools, the community centre and pool. The club said it has emailed with BC Hydro and the idea was met with kind replies, but no firm plans. It hopes a letter of support from town council will help to get the project moving forward, according to Paterson.

“The property has been left deserted for over 40 years and just sits there as somewhat of an eyesore for this long-established neighbourhood,” he wrote, adding the property could accommodate up to 13 units.

Council voted to provide a letter of support to the club at its Dec. 7 meeting. Coun. Paterson recused himself from the discussion and vote to avoid a conflict of interest.



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