Intergenerational affordable housing planned for Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transcona affordable housing
The new affordable housing complex is shown in a conceptual drawing. Province of Manitoba

WINNIPEG – A new 92-unit affordable housing project to be built in Transcona will allow different generations of families to have their own homes in one complex.

The apartment complex to be built at 840 Ravelston Ave. will have two wings, one for seniors and one for families, with a two-story common area between them, a news release says.

“The distinctive design of this new rental housing project not only offers much-needed quality, affordable housing, it also allows families to support seniors who need at-home care,” Manitoba Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson said in the news release.

Coun. Russ Wyatt, who represents Transcona on city council, said his area’s vacancy rate is near zero.

Wyatt is also on the board of the Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corp., which sponsored the project and will manage it when it’s complete.

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The project is estimated to cost more than $25.9 million. The federal and provincial governments will provide joint funding of $14.3 million through a $62-million agreement to invest in affordable housing. The City of Winnipeg has provided a two-acre parcel of land worth more than $1 million for $1. The rest of the funding is coming from the Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corp.

The Paul E. Martin Estates will have a four-storey wing with 47 units for seniors and a six-storey wing with 45 units for families. Paul Martin is a Second World War veteran who was a school trustee, town and city councilor, mayor of the former City of Transcona and is a founder of the Transcona Historical Museum.

In addition to the connecting common area, there will be a separate amenity spaces for seniors and families as well as common areas and amenity space for intergenerational activities.