Thursday, December 5, 2013

November 30 - December 7, 2013

PLACES

Another glitch on the road to redevelopment of the 101-year old former Canada Bread Plant on Burnell Street. An ownership group that shopped around a redevelopment plan and did some clean-out work on the interior over the summer has sold the property.

For the latest developments. For a history of the building.

MANITOBA

An old-style new development
Decenber 2, 2013, Winnipeg Free Press
Construction is underway on the first project in Manitoba Housing's back-to-the-future-styled Bridgwater Centre.  Winnipeg's Hilton Homes has begun pouring the foundations for the first of 120 multi-family housing units it will build in the town centre.

Report calls for hiring of housing specialist
Brandon Sun, Nov. 30, 2013
Hire a full-time housing specialist, establish a new use for “pocket” suites and explore incentives for developers.  These are just a few of the action items laid out in the city’s 2013 Affordable Housing Strategy — an 80-page report that was recently presented to Brandon City Council.

14 storeys to call home
November 26, 2013, Winnipeg Free Press
A 14-storey, mixed-use apartment complex, which will include 46 units for low-income earners, will be built in the heart of downtown.  The University of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba are partnering to build the $27-million, 102-unit complex.

CANADA

‘Housing first’ approach to homelessness in jeopardy as program ends
Montreal Gazette, December 3, 2013
Chez Soi/At Home program showed potential at combating problem, figures reveal.

Demonstrators Call on Stephen Harper not to drop Social Housing
FRAPRU News Release, November 27, 2013
The Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain (FRAPRU) demands that the Conservative government immediately commit to the continuation of subsidies that have supported Canadian low-cost housing, co-ops and non-profit housing initiatives for decades.

INTERNATIONAL

Downtown L.A.'s Residential Revolution 
December 1, 2013, Wall Street Journal
A plan to build 1,500 rental apartments where six parking lots now sit is just the latest sign of the insatiable demand for housing gripping downtown Los Angeles.

One Answer to San Francisco's Overpriced Housing: 'Co-Living'
The Atlantic Cities

Tiny Homes: A New Model for Super-Chic Affordable Housing? 
The Atlantic Cities, December 3, 2013
 A group of Washingtonians say micro-dwellings are the future. But problems abound

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