11:30 a.m., June 24)
soil delays Convent Glen Habitat build
By Fred Sherwin
Habitat for Humanity project at the corner of Jeanne dArc
Blvd. and Fortune Dive has been put on hold for a year
after costs for soil mediation on the site exceeded original
to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa CEO Kristen Harold,
the measures needed to remediate the soil to provincial
standards has been more onerous than expected.
costs were significantly higher than we anticipated and
we found a lot more than environmental tests showed. Due
to those reasons weve had to postpone construction,
site was a former gas station which operated from 1979
until 1995 when the owner relocated and the station was
plans to build 16 townhouses on the site which is located
across the street from Convent Glen Catholic School.
will now have to wait until the Ontario Ministry of the
Environment tests the remaining soil and gives the project
their blessing. In the meantime work will proceed on servicing
the site with proper water, sewer, hydro and gas connections.
That will likely take about six months.
is also still engaged in discussions with the city on
the final site plan.
While all that is taking place, Habitat will continue
to accept applications from families for one of the 16
homes. The 16 fortunate families chosen will be given
an interest free mortgage in exchange for their sweat
equity in building not only their own homes, but other
Habitat projects as well.
Fortune Drive build will be the fourth Habitat for Humanity
project in Orléans.
organization built two homes on Tulip Crescent in Chatelaine
Village in 2008. Three more homes were built on Nantes
Drive in Avalon in 2013, followed by four additional homes
on the same site in 2014.
more families moved into their Habitat for Humanity homes
on Cousineau Street last December, bringing the total
number of Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans
the Fortune Drive build is completed sometime in late
2017, the figure will balloon to 29.
more information on Habitat for Humanity, or how you can
donate your time or money to the Fortune Drive build visit
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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