Eric Foster

Eric Foster

Renos bolster seniors housing

Creekside Village, formerly known as Ukrainian Village, recently experienced $1.9 million in upgrades

A downtown Vernon complex will continue to be a place to call home.

Creekside Village, formerly known as Ukrainian Village, recently experienced $1.9 million in renovations thanks to B.C. Housing.

“This preserves affordable housing for seniors in our area,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA, during a ceremony Friday.

The 74-unit complex on 27th Avenue was constructed in 1975 and the renovations include a new roof, new windows, rock work around the building to protect the foundation and a new heating system and air conditioners.

Some interior work is also underway.

“This facility will be vital and vibrant for many years to come,” said Foster.

Creekside Village is operated by the Vernon Community Land Trust.

“We have created an opportunity for our low-income seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and families at risk to enjoy safe, clean and affordable housing,” said Randy Kolibaba, land trust chairperson.

While he thanked the provincial government, Kolibaba used the ceremony to focus his praise on Creekside Village’s tenants.

“It’s with their support and patience that we’ve been able to do the work.”

The land trust began in 2008 and the goal is to create a permanent supply of affordable housing to meet the needs of local residents.

“We will continue to partner with the provincial government and the City of Vernon to provide those valuable assets for those most at risk,” said Kolibaba.

With affordable housing being a significant issue in the community, Mayor Akbal Mund is pleased to see Creekside Village being rejuvenated.

“It’s a lot of partners that come together to make dreams come true for people,” he said.

Last year, the provincial government provided more than  $6.1 million for subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 1,700 Vernon households.