On October 15, the ribbon was cut in front of the new building! Pictured holding the ribbon are members of the Terrace & District Christian Council for Social Resources and the City of Terrace Housing Committee. John Vandevelde, the general contractor for the expansion and on the Tuck Project Committee, was honored for the great work he did on the building.
The final product is bright and roomy for a 500 sq. ft. apartment. At the opening celebration, Community Partners were recognized for donations to the project of funds, materials, and labour. There has been $73,210 in donations to date. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. The cost of construction to completion is approximately $300,000 thanks to the generosity of the community of Terrace. Even all the refrigerators and stoves were donated!
On the Home Stretch
The final touches were being applied at the end of September. The occupancy permit has been applied for and we anticipate that tenants could be moving in as early as mid October.
Floors Are In!
The floor layers made quick work of the units, installing commercial grade flooring that looks like wood planks. A decision was made to put this type of flooring throught each unit instead of using any carpet. Tenants will be able to use their own area rugs if they would like floor coverings. Cabinets are being installed at the beginning of September!
Donations Gratefully Received
TDCCSR received a donation of $60,000 from Terrace Christ Lutheran Church after the congregation sold its building. The funds went directly towards the cost of construction of the new units on Tuck. We are very grateful for the donation, and the funds came at exactly the right time to pay the bills!
A second donation was received from the Terrace Christian Reformed Church Sunday School this week. Children raised funds to purchase the nails for the project after taking a tour of the construction site with builder John Vandevelde. The total donation from the kids - $360.00!
Many others have donated time, materials, and funds to the project over the past few months. We will take time to recognize each one in the coming months as the project nears completion. The painters have finished and the floor layers will be in next week! We are currently ahead of schedule and under budget thanks to the diligent work and generosity of local trades and businesses.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014
The roof is on and the rough in is well underway. Funding is coming in from various non-profit groups...details to follow. Know of anyone who would like to make a donation to a worthy cause? Send them to our website! 14% of the funding has come through donations so far!
Sat, Jun 14, 2014
By Friday, June 13th, the exterior walls and interior stud walls were framed up. John Van De Velde and Wally Mantel made quick work of the framing. If it were not for such high caliber volunteers, the project would not be possible!
Slab and Underground Done!
The slab was completed by the end of May, and preparations were made to erect the concrete fire walls that separate the 5 units.
The society is still seeking donations from individuals, societies, businesses and industries that are community minded and looking for an investment opportunity in the community.
The foundations for the new 5 unit building were completed by mid May.
By the end of May, the underground work was completed and the slab was poured. The brick layers will be in next to begin construction of the firewalls that separate each 1 bedroom unit.
Though construction is moving ahead with the generosity of John V Construction and many other local trade contractors, funding for the project is not complete. The Society is depending on donations from other organizations, businesses, and individuals to provide the balance of funds needed to complete construction. Contact us if you know of anyone that may be interested in investing in this worthwhile community based project!
Now Accepting Donations
TDCCSR is now receiving donations of funds for the Terrace Senior Citizens Residence expansion project. The society has already gratefully received some donations in the form of reduced labor and material costs, and development grants from CMHC and The City of Terrace. However, the anticipated building costs of $425,000 still need to be covered. The society is in negotiations with BC Housing to work on funding options because traditional funding options are not available due to the age of the existing units (which are the current primary source of income).
Funds can be donated online or via cheque and tax deduct able receipts will be provided.
The track record of the society, the goal of providing affordable housing, and the need for senior housing in the community make this a great project to donate to.
And the Terrace and District Christian Council for Social Resources will be seeking volunteer labour as the five-unit construction project moves along, says the council’s secretary treasurer, Lowell Holmquist.
Excavation of the site began mid-April and footings were poured shortly after even though the project was not yet fully financed, he noted.
“Provincial housing organizations are reluctant to believe that a community like Terrace can come together in a way that benefits a local community-based organization, and ultimately for the benefit of seniors living under the provincial low income cut-off level,” said Holmquist.
“However, that is one of the many advantages of living in a community like Terrace.”
There are already 18 units in five buildings at the location, providing low cost housing for senior citizens.
With the additional construction, it will be a six building complex with 23 units: 14 bachelor and nine one-bedroom places.
The bachelor units are approximately 340 square feet, and the one bedroom units are approximately 520 square feet.
The layout of the units is simple and open with large windows in the living area that open on to lawns and gardens and a front and back door to let in fresh air when the weather is nice.
Holmquist said the project is the result of a partnership with the city’s housing committee and the city itself through grants for rezoning and planning.
A project steering committee was formed last year among members of the community.
City development services director David Block helped secure Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation money for architectural drawings and preliminary expenses.
Contributions and reduced trades rates has reduced the estimated cost of the project by almost half, said Holmquist.
John Van De Velde of John V Construction has volunteered to be the construction manager and he arranged for the reduced rates.
The Terrace and District Christian Council for Social Resources, a body of people from a variety of churches, has been in existence since the mid-1960s with its main project being the Tuck Senior Citizens Residence.
Almost all of the current units have been completely renovated in the last decade – they are updated or renovated when they become vacant.
Laundry facilities are provided in an amenity building where there is also a small kitchenette, washrooms, and a common area.
The Tuck housing expansion is one of several initiatives to expand housing options undertaken by the city. It also provided land and assistance leading to the construction of the provincially-owned Market Estates project on Davis Ave. across from George Little Park.
There's more activity than you'd think at this senior housing complex.