Modular Construction Provides Affordable Seniors’ Housing
Baker Gardens, which opened in August 2011, is the largest modular housing development to be built in British Columbia for low-income seniors under Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP).
Audrey was one of the first people to move into Baker Gardens. For the previous 20 months, she’d been living in transitional housing and had nowhere else to turn.
“After my husband died, my life went for a loop. I was down and didn’t know what to do. I was afraid I’d be living on the street, and with my health issues, I knew I’d never survive. I’ve lived here most of my life and didn’t want to leave Cranbrook.”
“I’m ever so grateful — I love living here. It’s a really nice place. People here look after each other.”
“Historically, many seniors and persons with disabilities in our community have struggled to find safe, affordable, quality housing,” added Wally Eddy, president of the board of Canadian Mental Health Association – Kootenays. “These new housing units are a wonderful addition to Cranbrook’s housing stock.”
Federal and provincial funding for Baker Gardens was made available under the Canada – British Columbia Affordable Housing Agreement, which included federal funding from CEAP, which the Government of British Columbia cost-matched. With a total capital cost of $5.6 million, the project received combined federal and provincial assistance of $4,873,000, a grant from Columbia Basin Trust, and a contribution of land valued at $647,000 from the City of Cranbrook. The City of Cranbrook also waived development fees of $73,000.