Construction on a Habitat for Humanity project on Jeanne D’Arc Blvd. has been delayed until 2017.
Delays have been caused because remediation work on the site, which formerly housed a gas station, was more extensive than expected, said Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa interim CEO Kristen Harold.
“The costs were more extensive than we’d anticipated,” Harold said. “There was a lot more remediation.”
She said costs were significantly higher, as well.
The province requires further testing over the next six months, though all the remediation work to remove impacted soil and groundwater has been done.
Habitat will be able to move forward with servicing the site for all 16 planned town homes this summer, which will allow construction to start earlier next spring.
Letters with updated information have been distributed to neighbours to keep them informed on the project's progress.
Harold said things are “moving in a positive direction” in terms of site plan approval from city planners.
Habitat GO is currently accepting applications for homes at the Jeanne d’Arc site. Interested purchasers can get more information by visiting www.habitatncr.com. Fundraising is also ongoing.