Habitat for Humanity will be back in Orléans for the third project in the area in the past few years.
A 16-home townhouse development at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Fortune Drive will be the “largest development project ever” for Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region, said CEO Alexis Ashworth.
It will be a multi-year project, with four homes built in 2016 concurrently with Habitat builds in Carleton Place and Perth. It will be structured with two blocks of four homes and a block of eight townhouses.
“Simple, decent, affordable townhouses,” Ashworth said. “Ideally we have plots of lands where we can build multiple homes, where we have a goal to build more and more each year. It’s the most efficient way to build.”
Ashworth said it’s been done similarly by Habitat in Humanity in Edmonton.
The property purchase was finalized in mid-October after it was identified by the land acquisition committee.
Habitat for Humanity has already met with the Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association about the future build.
Community consultation is especially important for projects that span several years, Ashworth said.
“The community association put a notice (on Facebook) and there was really overwhelming support,” she said. “I was so heartened to read people saying what good news it is.”
One commenter in the thread even volunteered to have his company do work, free of charge, on the homes.
Volunteers and sponsors are essential to the success of Habitat, and the organization will be looking for volunteers, sponsors, and family applications to purchase the homes.
This year, there is a build on Cousineau Street, and the year before, construction wrapped up on homes on Nantes Street. The four-home development on Cousineau has townhouses and families that will purchase their homes and move in on similar dates.
“That’s a Habitat community right there,” Ashworth said. “There are four families there on site swinging the hammers together, and when they move in they’ll be an instant community in there.”
She said it is hoped that the 16-home development will have a similar sense of community as it develops.
Families can still apply to purchase the homes for the 2016 build. Applications are accepted by Habitat for Humanity year round. Eligibility and the application process can be found online at www.habitatncr.com.
“We’ve got to rally the community to make this a success and I’m confident we will,” Ashworth said.