New senior housing initiative opens in Saskatoon

September 11, 2012 - A new senior housing initiative officially opened its doors today in Saskatoon. Columbian Place will accommodate seniors with moderate income in the new Pleasant Hill Village.

Money for the project came from all three levels of government.

The federal government contributed $8-million, money MP Kelly Block says not only helps seniors but also the economy.

“Our government is investing in affordable housing here in Saskatoon, to help create jobs and improve the quality of life for those who need it most,” said Block.

The city of Saskatoon supported the project with a cash grant of $885,000 and making the land available for one dollar.

There is also a five-year incremental property tax abatement.

Mayor Don Atchison says the new housing project is a key part of the Pleasant Hill Village.

“Pleasant Hill is a new and dynamic community that brings together young and old, a variety of housing, additional park space and an adjacent new wellness and education centre,” said Atchison.

"We are pleased to work with the Government of Canada, the City of Saskatoon and K.C. Charities in celebrating the successful completion of this project," added Social Services Minister June Draude.

Located in the 1400-block of 20th Street West, Columbian Place will house seniors in 75 one- and two-bedroom rental units.

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