After two years of delays, the long-awaited Quail Crossing affordable housing development in Keremeos has people moving in.
The development of eight units was officially opened at the start of July, allowing seniors who have been waiting for the affordable housing to start moving in since then.
For new resident Anne Oster, the wait has been worth it.
“I’m very comfortable here,” said Oster. “It’s so nice, and there are so many things that are convenient like central air, and you don’t even need to turn it on because it stays so cool.”
Oster had been living in Keremeos for the last few years, having moved to the community to follow her friend.
I was in [the former hotel] Oasis on Highway 3A, which was much smaller,” said Oster. “We had planned it together and that’s why I ended up here, and I’m glad that I did.”
The development has a rocky history, with the original contractor failing to hold up to its commitments, causing the Quail Crossing development to be delayed for two years.
Now, it is the first of three developments set to come online in the next few months, with the Ambrosia affordable housing development next to officially open, followed by the Cactus Court project later in the year.
All three projects are operated by the Lower Similkameen Community Services Society. Once they are open, they will add 67 residential units to the 56 already operated by the LSCSS.
The Ambrosia project will provide a mix of affordable housing types, with options for low to moderate-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities.
The LSCSS is also looking ahead to the future with plans to be ready to apply for grant funding for another 30 possible units.
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