Following is a statement from Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman regarding the March 16 provincial budget announcement of $3.5 million to fund construction of the London Road Gateway affordable housing project:
"We are delighted that the present Alberta government is providing long-awaited funding for this project, which is a critical piece in helping us address homelessness and the need for affordable housing in our community.
The London Road Gateway project is fully designed and shovel-ready, as we have been waiting for an announcement of this nature since 2011. We hope to break ground on the project later this year.
On behalf of our community, I want to express my thanks to the Government of Alberta for recognizing the acute need in our community and providing the funding support essential to address it."
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
Information about the London Road Gateway project
Under the present design, the London Road Gateway Project includes a total of 14 affordable housing units:
- 3 barrier-free studio units
- 8 two-bedroom semi-detached units
- 3 two-bedroom detached houses
- Units will have a common courtyard
Location: in the London Road neighbourhood (13 Street-6 Avenue South area), near to shopping, hospitals, care centres, schools and on a transit route
Affordable Rents: tenants must qualify for units (at or under government core needs income thresholds)
Project was designed by architect Dan Westwood, of the Lethbridge firm Ferrari Westwood Babits in cooperation with the Lethbridge Housing Authority.