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Cornerstones Builds New Apartment Housing in North Edmonton

Prince Rupert Manor

June 07, 2011

Fifteen new apartment suites will house members of the Prince Rupert community in north Edmonton with the help of a $1.9 million investment by the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta through the Cornerstones Affordable Housing Program.

Mayor Stephen Mandel joined supporters, residents and contractors to celebrate the grand opening of Prince Rupert Manor, named to honour the community it was built to serve. Owners Ben and Mary Zaurrini own another property nearby and chose to build this project to help address the ongoing need for affordable housing in the area.

The new building includes 15 apartment units, including five one-bedroom units and 10 two-bedroom units, three of which are adaptive units built for greater accessibility. The building is fully rented and will house mostly seniors, but is not restricted to senior tenants.

“Diverse housing options make our communities strong,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This project will create additional affordable housing in response to local demand. City Council and our Cornerstones partners are committed to creating housing that meets the needs of local neighbourhoods.”

The City of Edmonton’s Cornerstones Plan brings communities, businesses and governments together to develop affordable housing. Created by Edmonton City Council in partnership with the Government of Alberta and community organizations, the Cornerstones program supports Council’s strategic vision to improve Edmonton’s livability and manage growth.

As of year-end in 2010, 2,542 safe, secure homes have been provided for citizens and families in need under the Cornerstones program. The program has already exceeded City Council’s goal to develop an additional 2,500 affordable homes by 2011.

"Working with the City of Edmonton reflects our partnership approach," said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. "Seniors will have a suitable place to call home at a reasonable cost to the taxpayer."

“We saw firsthand the demand for quality affordable housing in Prince Rupert,” said Ben Zaurrini, owner of the building along with his wife Mary. “We’ve had such a positive experience with our other property that we wanted to give something back. The support from the Cornerstones Program has helped us develop this project which will help enhance the community we’ve come to love.”