Councillor wants south-side seniors to get first dibs on affordable housing


A surplus school site on the city’s south side could be home to a seniors housing development with local residents having the first option to purchase units — a first of its kind in Edmonton if city council votes to approve the community’s wishes.

The Ogilvie Ridge space was approved for a housing development in 2015 and through extensive public engagement, the community voiced their support for seniors housing to meet the needs of their aging residents.

Area Coun. Tim Cartmell prepared a motion to go before council Wednesday based on these recommendations but the matter was postponed until Aug. 21 due to time constraints.

On behalf of the community, Cartmell is asking that the development be focused on seniors housing and that seniors in the Ogilvie Ridge neighbourhood have a “right of first refusal” to purchase market value units before it is open to the public.

“If there’s going to be a seniors complex in our neighbourhood that’s going to have homes for sale that are not targeted to subsidized housing, we want the first chance to buy those because we want them. We’re looking for that,” Cartmell said about the feedback he’s heard from residents to the development possibility.

A development sign is seen at the Ogilvie Ridge surplus school site in Edmonton, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Coun. Tim Cartmell is bringing a motion forward for a senior housing complex. a at the site but community members want the complex moved from its potential location. Photo by Ian Kucerak/Postmedia For a Dustin Cook story running July 13, 2018.

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Another part of the motion is to relocate the 0.8-hectare proposed building to another spot on the open site. The current proposed spot is a concern, …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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