Opening of new Smithers Supportive Housing Complex Today

John Crawford

Several dignitaries will be on hand in Smithers tomorrow, to celebrate the official opening of a new supportive housing project.

[PHOTO:  Conceptual rendering of Smithers Supportive Housing Complex]

The 24 modular units which make up the housing complex were assembled last year, on town-owned property located on Railway Avenue, just behind Smithers Town Hall.

Mayor Taylor Bachrach, who will be on hand for the opening tomorrow, says the concept has been around for several years, and through funding from the provincial government, the project has become a reality.

But he says it was also made possible by a local partner.

"We couldn't do it without the operating partner, Smithers Community Services;  as you know, they do wonderful work in our community and have a lot of experience delivering housing projects so between them and BC Housing, support from the province, it's been a really strong partnership and I'm glad the town could play a small part by providing the land for the housing to go on," he said.

[FACEBOOK image -- Taylor Bachrach]
The executive director of Smithers Community Services -- Cathryn Olmstead -- is also expected to attend tomorrow's official opening, along with Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson -- and Kevin Read, who heads up Nomodic Modular Structures, the Alberta-based company which manufactured the units.

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