More Affordable Housing for Families and Individuals Near Edmonton
A private company has increased the supply of affordable rental housing in the Edmonton area with the construction of 103 affordable units in nearby Spruce Grove, Alberta. Developed by Alpha & Anderson Joint Venture, West Grove Manor has a mix of one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments, with 25 units being barrier-free.
“Our goal is to provide quality, affordable, supportive housing for families and individuals who are living and working in the community,” said James Kazoleas, a developer and principal of Alpha & Anderson Joint Venture.
West Grove Manor was built on three acres of vacant land in Spruce Grove, a community located approximately 11 kilometres west of Edmonton, that is well-served by amenities, including a large recreational facility and a shopping area. Situated at the edge of a residential area, the site had already been zoned for multi-unit dwellings.
The four-storey building was constructed using insulating concrete forms, a construction method that provides benefits such as enhanced energy efficiency, occupant comfort and longevity, and reduced sound transmission between units. Rents are set at 10 per cent below market rate and includes heat, hot water, an exterior parking space and five appliances.
Desira King and her two-year-old son moved into a two-bedroom apartment in West Grove Manor in October 2013. Prior to the move, they had been living in a basement suite in Edmonton.
“It was hard to find something affordable in Edmonton. The apartment was costing too much and I was scraping by to have enough money for food. With the affordable rent here in my new place, I’m able to save more money now. The rooms are a nice size, and it’s much easier for my son,” said Ms. King.
The project received combined federal and provincial funding of $2.9 million under the stimulus phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan and the Canada – Alberta Affordable Housing Initiative.