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KENSINGTON, P.E.I. — The development of 26 new public housing items in three P.E.I. communities won’t resolve the Island’s housing disaster singlehandedly – however Kensington mayor Rowan Caseley believes it’s a step in the correct course.
“As each municipality in Prince Edward Island is aware of, there’s a scarcity of housing. Anytime there’s an funding in housing and infrastructure to our city, we’re greater than happy,” stated Caseley. “We now have plenty of curiosity in folks shifting into this space and there’s at all times a scarcity.”
In Kensington on Feb. 28, Housing Minister Matthew MacKay, introduced a plan to assemble 10 social housing items for seniors and households in Alberton, 10 in Kensington and one other six in Mount Stewart; they are going to be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom.
All initiatives are supposed to be net-zero prepared.
The three initiatives mixed, stated MacKay, will price $12.7 million.
The items are deliberate for Church Avenue in Alberton (the previous web site of Maplewood Manor), Palmer’s Lane in Mount Stewart and Victoria Avenue West in Kensington.
Though Kensington struggles at instances to maintain up with its demand for housing, Caseley stated “it’s nice” to see progress being made.
“It’s going to be greater than these, that is simply the beginning,” he stated.
This social housing announcement, stated MacKay, is one in all a number of the province expects to announce within the subsequent six months. The longer-term plan, he instructed SaltWire Community, goals to convey the housing emptiness price to 4 per cent.
“We’ve recognized for a very long time now that we don’t have the numbers for housing with our inhabitants progress,” stated MacKay.
“We all know we have to put as many items as we will into the market and that’s what we’re ready to do.”
MacKay added that the plan is to get shovels within the floor for these newest initiatives as soon as the snow melts. The designs are full, he stated, and planning and constructing permits are within the works.
Kristin Gardiner is a reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. She could be reached by e-mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @KristinGardiner.