Location of Healing Center, Affordable Housing Project Announced by Sicamous Council – Salmon Arm Observer

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Two major developments on Main Street were discussed at a special Sicamous District Council meeting which was closed to the public.

Following the closed-door meeting on October 6, council resolutions were published in minutes.

The official location of the Shuswap Healing Center (Secwépemc) has been confirmed and Council has decided that 200 Main Street will be the location where it will be built. In addition, the district is now in talks with Habitat for Humanity regarding an affordable housing project.

District executive assistant Sarah Kyllo said the centre’s initial grant application had 200 Main Street as a proposed location.

However, after the district acquired two properties on Main Street – 417 and 425 Main Street – the proposed location of the center was moved there, to align with an affordable housing project developed by the Eagle Valley. Senior Citizens Housing Society (EVSCHS), said Kyllo.

The plans changed again when the district held preliminary meetings with the Healing Center’s design team, Dr. Avein Saaty-Tafoya and Douglas Cardinal. They identified 200 Main Street as the ideal location for the center based on its footprint and the existing trees on the site, Kyllo said.

At around the same time as these preliminary meetings, Habitat for Humanity Kamloops contacted the district about a residential-commercial complex that would provide accessible housing.

The district agreed to reserve the northern portion of properties 417 and 425 Main Street for habitat development as it said it would complete the development of the EVSCHS.

Mayor Terry Rysz said the district was conducting a housing needs assessment and heard that residents wanted more housing options in Sicamous. Kyllo said the housing needs assessment will likely be finalized and presented to council by December.

As of October 8, Habitat for Humanity had not submitted a proposal or concept design for feasible housing development. Kyllo said the district will work with habitat, the public and any other partners to “develop a design and an operational plan.” The aim is for the development to meet the specific goals and needs of Sicamous as a community, she said.


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