Construction Begins on Smithers Supportive Housing Project

John Crawford

Construction has begun on a supportive housing project for the homeless in Smithers.

The modular units which will make up the housing complex are being craned onto the foundations, on property located on Railway Avenue, just behind Smithers Town Hall.


The town purchased the property a few years ago, and in January, the provincial government announced funding for 24 modular housing units, which would provide 24/7 support.

Mayor Taylor Bachrach says soil remediation work was done on the property over the summer to remove some contamination, and construction began this week.
"The modules all showed up on trucks, they're all being staged at a site here in town and as we speak, there's a huge crane on site and they're lifting the units onto the foundation and attaching them together -- it's a process that happens really quickly compared to conventional construction so it's an exciting thing for the community to be seeing and I'm really hopeful that this is going to make a big difference for people without homes in our community," he said.

Bachrach says a firm move-in date hasn't been fixed yet, but he's hoping people can start moving in by the end of this year or in early January.

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