The Foothills Foundation was thrilled to have Premier Alison Redford dig her shovel into the ground at the sod turning ceremony for one more of their affordable housing projects.
The project this time is in Turner Valley in the new subdivision of Evergreen Estates. The aim of the Foothills Foundation is to build units that blend in with the adjacent homes in an area. The current project is already under construction with two duplexes being completed by next spring, one more and a detached, barrier free home being completed by the fall of 2013. All seven units will include three bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and a main floor laundry room.
Premier Redford expressed pleasure at being able to attend the launching of the Turner Valley Affordable Housing Program and recognized the need for such projects throughout the Province.
The project is funded by an affordable housing grant of $1,043,783 from Alberta Municipal Affairs, a land donation of $237,400 from the town of Turner Valley and financing the Foothills Foundation has secured.
Mayor Tuck in her address to the group urged every community to find land to donate to affordable housing projects.
Affordable housing allows families with a combined family income of under $39,500 to have a comfortable residence that is within their means.
In addition to Premier Redford, the sod turning ceremony was attended by Pat Stier, MLA for Livingstone Macleod, Stephen Pick Foothills Foundation Chair, the Foothills Foundation Board, Longview Mayor, Ivor McCorquindale and several Turner Valley and Black Diamond Councillors.
The ceremonial cake cutting was performed by each of the dignitaries (left to right in photograph) Mayor Kelly Tuck, Foothills Foundation Chair, Stephen Pick, Premier Redford and Pat Stier, MLA.
A luncheon at High Country Lodge followed the ceremony. A delicious spread of sandwiches, fruit and cake was prepared by the Lodge’s staff. The Lodge residents all enjoyed being able to speak to Premier Redford as she circulated the room and to pose for photographs with her. Former Turner Valley Mayor, Marj Straub, commented that Premier Redford is a lovely lady who is good for this Province. “She really listens to what you have to say,” said Marj.