Ground breaks in Armstrong on new Kindale home

The Kindale Developmental Association will hold a ground breaking ceremony for construction of the Lydia Boss Centre May 28 at 11 a.m.

Community needs in Armstrong are receiving a major boost.

The Kindale Developmental Association will hold a ground breaking ceremony for construction of the Lydia Boss Centre May 28 at 11 a.m. at 2725 Patterson Ave.

“We are proud that it will be a new headquarters for Kindale’s innovative programs, a shared space for Community Futures Employment Programs, and affordable apartments for seven individuals and families,” said Sue Phillips, association president.

While Kindale assists the developmentally disabled, the apartments will be available to anyone in the community that meets the requirements of affordable income levels.

As part of this project, Kindale is also dedicating land along Meighan Creek to the city for a public park.

“The individuals that Kindale serves are members of the wider community,” said Philips.

“So when there is a need in the community, addressing that need helps everyone, including Kindale people. Affordable housing is just such a need.”

Okanagan College’s residential construction trades students will be involved in the project.

“The impact on the 15 students working on this project will be significant,” said Randy Werger, associate dean of the trades and apprenticeship program.

“Working on a real life project in the outdoor elements means they’re dealing with challenges they are going to face on the job site. There is the pride factor of being involved in something that gives back to the community.”