First phase completed on Linsford Gardens affordable housing

Groundbreaking hosted for second phase

The Leduc Regional Housing Foundation is celebrating the completion of some local affordable housing.
 
The first phase of new units at Linsford Gardens was unveiled on Monday afternoon, along with the groundbreaking for the second phase of the project.
 
The Foundation's Executive Director Nancy Laing says the original Linsford town homes were built in the '60s to serve airport employees.

"They flipped into social housing in the late '70's, and became a part of the government's portfolio, owned by the provincial government. As they've aged, because they were over 50 years old, the need for them to be replaced was identified by Leduc Regional Housing, and advocated to the province, who turned around and funded this project," she said.

"It was about three or four years ago that the funding came through, that has led to the redevelopment of this site."

Phase One features two buildings that each hold 14 units of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes

She says Phase Two is now expected to be finished next summer.

"We need affordable housing in this community. Up until the (original) units were demolished, we had a waiting list of twice the number of units that we had. So we're now looking to get the word out that we are back in business - these (Phase Two) units will be available within a year for us to serve people," she said.

"So they can stay in our home community, instead of having to go to Edmonton or other communities."

The second phase will be an additional three buildings with a total of 36 2, 3, and 4 bedroom units.

The project carried a cost of $14.5 million dollars, which was paid for by the provincial government.

Laing says having affordable units is vital to the community.

"The private sector is only able to provide housing for about 85% of households in a community, and it's because that other 15% are usually in a situation that creates financial vulnerability," she said.

"It might not be pure finance. It might be education, it might be a disability that doesn't allow them to have a sufficient income to live in the private sector."

Thanks to a land exchange with the city and province, the new Phase One units could be built before old ones were knocked down.

They were built on the site of a park, which will be rebuilt across the street. 

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