Providence Village to include affordable housing for seniors
Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul sign agreement with Homestead Land Holdings that will see three new apartment buildings constructed as part of Providence Village; buildings will include dedicated affordable housing units for seniors
Update: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Executive Director, Providence Village Inc.
613-544-4525 ext. 111 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 – The Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul are pleased to announce an agreement that will see new affordable housing units for seniors built within the next seven years as part of the new Providence Village development in central Kingston.
Homestead Land Holdings has purchased four acres of the 30-acre property at 1200 Princess Street. As part of the purchase of sale agreement, Homestead is committing to building three apartment buildings that will add approximately 400 new units to the Kingston market. Of the three buildings, one will cater specifically to seniors and will include 60 units designated as ‘affordable housing’ units.
In addition, space within the new buildings will be allocated to accommodate onsite programming, such as programming that supports seniors living in their own home.
“Homestead is proud to partner with the Sisters of Providence in the development of Providence Village and subscribes fully to the attack on our lack of affordable housing: particularly that for needy seniors,” says Brit Smith, owner of Homestead Land Holdings.
“Housing is one of the key components of Providence Village,” says Sr. Sandra Shannon, General Superior, Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. “As the Sisters and our Providence Village steering committee looked at the needs of our community, affordable and supportive housing was one of the key gaps. For that reason, it became a priority for us that these types of housing – in particular for seniors – would be part of Providence Village. We are thrilled to be partnering with Homestead as we move forward.”
The four acres where Homestead will construct the new buildings are at the southern-most end of the property, along Elmwood Street.
‘Providence Village’ is the name the Sisters have given to their plans for their property at Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Princess Street. The plans include co-locating long-term care, residential hospice and other community-based health services, as well as housing, employment supports and retail space. The Sisters believe that by intentionally bringing these services together as a ‘hub’ will create opportunities that benefit people living on site or accessing the organizations, as well as the broader community.
Local organizations who have indicated an interest in the Providence Village project, with hopes of potentially locating services onsite include Providence Manor (Providence Care), Hospice Kingston, the Kingston YMCA, Loving Spoonful, H’Art Centre and the Kingston House of Recovery for Women and Children.