Vacant building reused for affordable housing

By Jessica Brown, Global News September 24, 2013 - SASKATOON - As the affordable housing crisis continues in Saskatoon, a vacant building on 20th Street is set to be transformed into residential accommodation with a twist. Advocates hope it’s a new approach that will catch on to help meet the shortfall.

525 20th Street West has a notoriously bad reputation in Saskatoon.

“Because of the type of suites that were there – shared accommodation – it brought in a transient type of tenant so because of that, the police even had keys of the property, they were here daily,” said Tyler Stewart, Stewart Property Holdings developer.

It’s been sitting vacant for the past four years but now with the help of the provincial government its set for rejuvenation and will provide some much needed affordable housing.

“We have to look at any innovative way that we can make housing work for people who need affordable housing. If it’s a vacant building we’ve got to make sure it’s structurally sound and I think that there are lots of options out there,” said Paul Merriman, Saskatoon-Sutherland MLA.

“Because of the type of suites that were there – shared accommodation – it brought in a transient type of tenant so because of that, the police even had keys of the property, they were here daily,” said Tyler Stewart, Stewart Property Holdings developer.

It’s been sitting vacant for the past four years but now with the help of the provincial government its set for rejuvenation and will provide some much needed affordable housing.

“We have to look at any innovative way that we can make housing work for people who need affordable housing. If it’s a vacant building we’ve got to make sure it’s structurally sound and I think that there are lots of options out there,” said Paul Merriman, Saskatoon-Sutherland MLA.

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