Progress is being made on Building 3. The project is on time and on budget. This is the new parkade "slab." The next step is the suspended slab main floor. The goal is complete the project in May of 2018. Thanks to all of our residents for enduring the on-going construction at the Apple valley site.
We are pleased to announce that Apple Valley Building 3 is now under construction. Thanks to BC Housing and the Province of BC for their support and financial contribution in moving this project forward. The goal was to pour concrete on April 3, 2017 and that milestone was met. This building will complete the Apple Valley complex by adding 47 new units of senior's housing. Scuka Construction is the contractor for the project. The plan is to complete in May 2018 with the first tenants to move in shortly after that.
The Society of Hope's Pleasantvale Project was honored last night by winning two Tommie Awards. These awards are shared with VanMar Constructors, BC Housing, The Rotary Club of Kelowna and the City of Kelowna. Together, we were awarded best Public Private Partnership and the second award was for Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing. For anyone who has seen this project it is not hard to see why it was recognized. This redevelopment created 50 new senior apartment units and 20 family town homes. The project has received great reviews from quality of construction, great location, sensitive design and a beautiful addition to the regeneration of the neighborhood. Congratulations to all those that help make this project possible.
Jeff Marin of VanMar, Luke Stack, Anne Stack receiving the first award: Excellence in a Public Private partnership. The award was presented by Minister Steve Thomson; MLA for Okanagan Mission.
The Province of BC is pleased to announce that the National Society of Hope will receive $4.56 million to advance building 3 located at 2075 Benvoulin Court in Kelowna. Minister Steve Thomson and Minister Norm Letnick were on hand to make the announcement. "With hundreds of housing applicants already on file, we are very grateful that the Provincial Government is supporting the expansion of 47 more apartments at Apple Valley" said President Jeff Simla. Completion of building 3 is estimated to be spring of 2018. The Province is funding three other housing projects in Kelowna as well - The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Pathways Abilities Society and the City of Kelowna.
The partners of "Pleasantvale" were honoured with an award of excellence from SICA on October 27th. This award noted that this was a perfect example of collaboration from different levels of government and non-profit organisations. Thanks to Vanmar Constructors, the builder of the project for their fine work on this development.
posted Jul 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM - Courtesy of Kelowna Capital News
The provincial government says a number of families and seniors in Kelowna now have a new, safe place to call home with the opening of the redeveloped Pleasantvale housing complex in the north end of the city.
Pleasantvale, which was officially re-opened Wednesday with Premier Christy Clark on hand, features 50 affordable housing units for seniors and 20 affordable townhomes for families with low to moderate incomes, thus providing more people in the community with what was described as quality, affordable housing.
"For over 60 years, Pleasantvale has been a home for seniors, and now it will be that and more," said Clark, who represents part of the city as the MLA for Westside-Kelowna. "By providing affordable homes and a real community for seniors and families alike, Pleasantvale will change people's lives."
The local Society of Hope, a non-profit housing society, lead the development and will run the new Pleasantvale.
Located on the 600-block of Richter Street, the original Pleasantvale was the site of a 50-unit aging building for seniors, a development built in the mid-1950s. In 2013, its was selected for redevelopment.
After an extensive public consultation process led by B.C. Housing, Kelowna city council approved rezoning of the site, which resulted in the replacement of the original 50 units and the addition of the 20 new affordable-rental homes for families.
A three-government and non-profit group partnership, the project included funding of $5.6 million from Ottawa and Victoria towards the total cost, approximately $12.4 million in construction financing arranged by the province and land, originally donated by the Pleasantvale Homes Society and the City of Kelowna, valued at $2 million. The city also credited $154,070 in development cost charges to the project and granted another $273,171.
"The redevelopment of Pleasantvale is a strong addition to our community and improves the housing options for both seniors and families," said Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran. "Together with the federal and provincial governments, Pleasantvale Homes Society and Society of Hope we have achieved 70 new affordable rental units where aging housing once stood."
The rent for the one-bedroom units for seniors is $667 per month, while the family townhomes rent for between $990 for a two-bedroom and $1,100 per month for a three-bedroom unit.
Seniors also have a place to gather and connect with one another at an outdoor garden area and an amenity space that includes a kitchen.
"This investment is already making a real difference in our community and the lives of those who call Pleasantvale home," said Kelowna-Lake Country MP Stephen Fuhr on behalf of federal families, children and social development minister Jean-Yves Duclos, Duclos is also the federal and minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, another partner in the development.
"Affordable housing projects such as this one are about helping families and seniors who need it most, investing in our future, and supporting the Canadian economy," added Fuhr.
Catherine Comben, chair woman of the Pleasantvale Homes Society board said the layout of the buildings and the addition of 20 townhomes has maximized the potential for the site, which was exactly what her board wanted to see happen.
"We were so pleased to see our former residents have the opportunity to move into such bright, spacious and safe new homes in exactly their same north end surroundings."
Interior Health and the Society of Hope are pleased to partner once again to launch another Adult Day Program. The new location is Providence Vista on Gellatly Road in the City of West Kelowna. This 4 day per week program offers support and encouragement necessary to enable individuals attending to maintain their freedom and independence for as long as possible. This program also offers relief to those who are responsible caregivers. A day in the program could include Fitness, music therapy, trivia, carpet bowling, crafts and games.
Director Sandi Tebo of the Society of Hope joins Julie Cox in cutting the cake to celebrate the grand opening on June 10, 2016.
May 2016 Update: The new project was completed and taken over in January 2016. Residents began moving in February 2016. The final new residents will be in their new home by June 1, 2016. Many of the apartment units were assigned to current Pleasantvale tenants who were scheduled to relocate to their new homes in March 2016. The Society of Hope Board and staff wish to express our appreciation to VanMar Constructors for the great work they have done in bringing this project in on time and on budget. Together with BC Housing, The Rotary Club of Kelowna, and the City of Kelowna we have created a beautiful project that will provide 70 new homes to our community. Overall, this is the culmination of many years of hard work - but the final result is worth it. There is no date yet set for a grand opening but we hope this will come soon.
The Society of Hope is blessed with the support of many volunteers. In November 2014 the Society received 164 hours of volunteer time to assist our full-time staff in delivering programs. This Christmas the Northwood Regency Resort knitting volunteers knitted lovely scarves, blankets and other items. They generously donated these beautiful items to the Society of Hope's Short Term Housing residents. It is through the kindness and caring of people like this that the Society can make a difference to its resident's lives. These gifts will be added to Christmas hampers bringing cheer to many. We express our thanks to the volunteers for their kindness and caring.
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