One-bedroom suites will rent for between $375 and $950.
A 39-suite rental building for workers in the hospitality and service industry will open in Nelson next month.
In a prepared statement, the Ministry of Attorney General and Responsible for Housing said the project at 102 Herridge Lane would be owned and operated by the SHARE Housing Initiative Society, a spin-off of the Kootenay Christian Fellowship (an evangelical church group based in Nelson).
“People in the hospitality and service industries are a critical part of the local economy, and they should not have to commute from far out of town just to get to work,” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston.
The one bedroom suites can be occupied by a single or couple and will rent for between $375-$950 depending on the income of the occupants (that must be less than $74,150).
The building is on part of the old Savoy Lanes bowling alley site on the west end of Baker Street that was purchased by the church in 2012.
“This project became a reality due to the vision, hard work and dedication of many community members of Nelson, including the good folks at Kootenay Christian Fellowship and members of the SHARE Housing Initiative Society,” said Jim Reimer, lead pastor for KCF and chairperson of SHARE. “When a community works together, good things happen.”
The project received support from the City of Nelson, the B.C. Government and the Columbia Basin Trust.