Industry invited to implement housing project
SLAVE LAKE, AB, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Town of Slave Lake is inviting
developers to submit proposals to provide interim homes for residents.
The Town is looking for a company to acquire, install and manage up to
350 modular homes in Slave Lake to allow families who lost their homes
in the wildfires to return to the community by the fall.
"This project provides a clear timeline for installing interim
accommodations and is crucial to keeping our families here," said Slave
Lake Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee. "Town Council is committed to working
alongside the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, the Sawridge
First Nation, the Government of Alberta, the insurance companies and
others in the private sector to help get families re-established by the
time school starts in September."
The modular homes will be for displaced residents from both the Town of
Slave Lake and the MD of Lesser Slave River. The site locations will be
determined in the coming days.
"We have had an outpouring of support from the business community,
wondering how they can help and what they can do," said Reeve Denny
Garratt of the MD of Lesser Slave River. "I know developers will rise
to the challenge for this project. Not just to show what they can do,
but to support the residents of our region."
Fifty of the 350 interim homes were announced last week as part of the
drive to get Slave Lake workers who are supporting community recovery
efforts into longer-term temporary homes as quickly as possible. Along
with over 50 other units previously announced for these workers this
means over 400 homes for residents in and around Slave Lake.
"The Alberta government is committed to working with local leaders in
the Slave Lake region to increase the supply of and access to housing,"
said Hector Goudreau, Minister of Municipal Affairs. "Government was
there to help respond to the emergency and we will be there to assist
them as they recover and rebuild their communities."
To ensure affordability for residents, the rental rates for the new
accommodations will be $1,000/month for a two bedroom, $1,200/month for
a three bedroom and $1,250/month for a four bedroom home. The monthly
rent is based on 2010 market rates and will be paid by the residents
living in the units. The Alberta government will provide a yet to be
determined incentive to the successful proponent to ensure the project
The Request for Proposals (RFP) closes Friday, July 8. The proponent
offering the best overall proposal will be awarded the contract on or
before July 12.
This initiative is part of the community recovery plan being developed
by the Regional Recovery Coordination Group, which includes the Town of
Slave Lake, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, the Sawridge
First Nation and the Government of Alberta. As information becomes
available, it will be posted online at www.slavelakerecovery.com.
SOURCE Alberta Public Affairs Bureau
For further information:
Media inquiries may be directed to:
| John Sparks || || || Jerry Ward |
| Communications Lead || || || Communications |
| Slave Lake Recovery Operations || || || Alberta Municipal Affairs |
| 403-660-8885 || || || 780-427-8862 |