An image of what one of the one bedroom units might look like taken from the facility that is being used as a concept for the proposed project. The proposed local development would be 100 units and would be intended to house front line workers in tourism and hospitality. Kevin Dorrius of Community Futures says the project could break ground next spring if all goes to plan. (VEDA)

Dialogue started to build 100 unit $18 million facility to house frontline workers

Kevin Dorrius of Community Futures says the idea would be to rent to businesses not workers

Kevin Dorrius of Community Futures says it’s kind of a catch – 22.

He wants to bring a $18 million 100 unit residential housing dormitory style facility to Revelstoke to provide affordable housing for frontline workers, but doesn’t see it being possible to do so in short amount of time at under $1000 a unit.

Even so, Dorrius says workers wouldn’t necessarily be the ones expected to fit the full bill.

He says the idea would be to rent to employers, who have expressed a need to house frontline workers, and that if things go according to plan, construction could break ground next spring.

“The idea is to rent to the businesses and then they have a unique opportunity,” said Dorrius. “If they need to attract staff they can subsidize part of the housing as a taxable benefit. Basically, at this cost structure it would go for $12,000 a year for business’ and they can use it as staff housing.”

The project has been in the works for over a year and has grown out of a conversation between Community Futures, WorkBC, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses.

Dorrius says it is about as close to ready as it could be without formal approval from the City and the landowner who has expressed interest.

“We’ve got as close to a shelf ready project without it being formally ready to go as possible,” said Dorrius. “We have a model, and a piece of land, and there is a pathway forward on this if we can get the community to back this kind of project.”

The project would be based on a dormitory style development in Kelowna.

The bachelor suites would be priced at $1000 each. That would include furnishing, utilities and high speed internet.

The units would be fully self contained and have their own kitchens and bathrooms.

Dorrius says the facility would be suitable for housing frontline workers like those who work in hospitality and Tourism. But Dorrius also says it would be suitable for employees who are in a transition period and just moving to Revelstoke.

“A lot of the people who come here are lift attendants, servers, retail workers, but it could also be a transition for people who have just found a new job,” said Dorrius.

He says a plot of land has been identified, and that a local land owner has expressed interest in the project.

A survey has been open for about a month to gather information about the project and received about 90 responses.

The intention of the survey is to ask: Is this something you would live in?

“If it is too much money then we need to come up with a more creative solution,” said Dorrius. “With the community’s support we can get going on this.”

@Jnsherman
jake.sherman@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Saturday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Revelstoke Art Gallery hosts exhibition in honour of Pat Wells

Barbara Maye Special to the Review Stone Carving and Revelstoke have a… Continue reading

Wildfires in Mt. Revelstoke National Park not currently a threat to people or assets

Since the lightning storm on Tuesday there have been three fires on… Continue reading

UPDATE: Revelstoke RCMP looking for information on missing person John Cunliffe

The Revelstoke Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment is continuing to ask for… Continue reading

UPDATED: Mount Eneas fire grows to 1,374 hectares

Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen issues evac alerts for properties in Area F.

Victoria woman recounts driving past wildfire near Peachland

Jenna Smith compared the fire to an apocalypse movie

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

PHOTO GALLERY: BC Games Day 2

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Wildfire near Keremeos still burning at 255 hectares

The Placer Mountain wildfire is still active

Sheryl Crow hits West Kelowna for Mission Hill Winery concert

Songstress seems struck by the natural beauty of the Okanagan

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

B.C. tent city camper arrested for taking coins from fountain

The man, who built a shelter at a Saanich park, says homeless people are unfairly targeted

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Most Read