Surrounding by dignitaries, Lucy Lemieux, the first person to commit to the new housing development, prepares to cut the ribbon to officially open Mountain View Villa.
It was a time to celebrate all the hard work and accomplishment, as Mountain View Villa, the $8 million 55 plus living facility, was officially opened on Friday.
“Today we are gathered at Mountain View Villa to celebrate a dream that became a reality,” said project manager Bev Sarkonak.
Sarkonak acknowledged the Mountain View Villa and Kinsmen Villa board of directors, who worked tirelessly to ensure the project became a reality, as well as Darren Eddie from DM Engineering, TL Penner Construction team, McGin Group and City of Dauphin employees.
She also thanked local businesses which contributed to furnishing the outdoor patio, dining room and kitchen area.
Residents began moving into the 40-unit life lease apartments earlier this summer and currently 36 units are occupied.
Local and provincial dignitaries were on hand to officially welcome the tenants home to a facility that has been four years in the making.
Minister of Housing and Community Development Kerri Irvin-Ross, commended the work that has been done in developing Mountain View Villa.
“Today when we did our pre-tour and drove by here I thought, boy what a beautiful location that you have chosen,” Irvin-Ross said as she thanked the City of Dauphin, Kinsmen and federal government for their contributions to the project.
Terry Wotton, representative for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, said it is all about partnerships when it comes to projects such as Mountain View Villa. And the federal government had a wonderful partnership with the province and the City of Dauphin. The project received $2.4 million dollars from the federal government.
“And of course the real people that make it work is the people here in the community. The people who donate their time,” he said.
Dauphin MLA Stan Struthers said the need for housing is seen in communities across the province and is proud to a part of a government who has taken challenge seriously and he identified and provided the need for safe housing. He commended TL Penner Construction Inc. on building the facility and hopes to have more work for builders in the future.
“We like to provide safe housing for people and I certainly see this as a beautiful safe building,” said deputy-mayor Al Dowhan.
Dowhan said this facility has not only become home to residents who were already residing in the city, but to people who have now made Dauphin their home because of the facility.