Ottawa Community Housing

Ottawa Community Housing

June 03, 2009 09:17 ET

Ottawa Community Housing Announces a Major Community Renewal Project in Britannia Woods

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) held a meeting last night to officially announce the renewal of OCHC's Britannia Woods community. The work represents a significant share of OCHC's 2009 capital program and is made possible through funding provided by the Province of Ontario and OCHC's capital reserves. The community will benefit from approximately $6.8 M of capital repairs.

"OCHC's Building Condition Assessment Study identified this community as being in need of major repairs. This renewal project will improve the quality of life of almost 800 residents." said Councillor Alex Cullen whose ward includes the Britannia Woods community and who is a member OCHC's Board of Directors. "I look forward to seeing the improvements in the tenants' lives as well as the benefits to the community at large."

The renewal of the Britannia Woods community, which was constructed in 1968, will include major work such as new roofing, retaining wall repairs and some energy efficiency improvements.

Jo-Anne Poirier, Chief Executive Officer of OCHC said, "We are very grateful for the funding that we received from the Province of Ontario to help with these major repairs. We are also appreciative of the tenants' enthusiasm and their engagement so far in the process. We will continue to work closely with them throughout the renewal." The project will include ongoing participation and consultation with the 178 families who call the Britannia Woods community home.

OCHC is currently in the investigative phase of the project. The construction phase is scheduled to begin shortly with completion expected in 2010.

About Ottawa Community Housing Corporation

Ottawa Community Housing provides affordable housing to approximately 32,000 residents. The Corporation is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, and the second largest in Ontario. It provides 14,783 units for seniors, parents, children, singles and persons with special needs in 162 communities. www.och.ca

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