Community Land Trust and City of Vancouver break ground on 140 units of co-op housing
Last week, Thom Armstrong of the Community Land Trust and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced the groundbreaking for 140 new units of affordable co-op housing through the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.
The new homes will be built on land on a 99-year lease from the City of Vancouver in the East Fraser Lands River District neighbourhood. They will be targeted to a wide range of households.
The site is part of a portfolio of seven sites that were awarded to the Community Land Trust for development by the City in May 2018. This is the first project to break ground.
The partnership with CLT on these seven sites represents the largest one-time municipal land investment in the community housing sector in all of Canada. It will result in the development of more than 1,000 new homes.
Prince Rupert credit union helping city redevelopment
The old Dairy Queen building in Prince Rupert, B.C. has been purchased by the Northern Savings Credit Union in the city.
The building has stood empty since the late 1990s.
It has often been singled out as one of the derelict buildings in the downtown area with its boarded up windows and graffiti. It is also one of the first buildings visitors see as they drive into Prince Rupert.
“In its current state, the empty structure is not enhancing the viability of Prince Rupert’s downtown area,” said Bill Snell, Northern Savings’ Interim President and CEO.
Northern Savings will begin renovations on the exterior of the building in the next few months.
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Calgary’s co-op is now in the cannabis business
The Calgary Co-op, a six-decade mainstay of family-oriented customer service, has now added cannabis to a shopping cart that more typically includes groceries and gas.
Co-op officials say they plan to have a dozen cannabis outlets, mainly located near their standing grocery stores, in Calgary over the next year.
Cannabis sold legally at the Co-op, or throughout the country for that matter, is tough for some to accept, said Jim Riege, Co-op’s senior director of cannabis.
He said some Co-op customers are not necessarily in favour of them opening a cannabis store but there are many members who do want the Co-op to open the store.
“It’s definitely difficult for some people to get their head around, that cannabis is legal in Canada. But it’s a service we can offer to our customers and it’s totally up to them to choose it,” he said.