FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2001
VANCOUVER – Mountain View Housing Co-op in Port Moody (902 Clarke Road) has begun rebuilding 51 units of housing lost to fire in February of 2001.
“After ten long and trying months, we are finally beginning to rebuild the portion of our co-op that was lost due to the fire,” says co-op president, Angela Wilson. “The time it takes for all the paperwork to be completed is the most difficult to cope with. The process of the building plans, dealing with insurance companies, architects, city hall, and now the builder really takes its toll.”
Ground has been broken on the new site and construction of the new building is in full gear at the co-op.
Members such as Denny Speck and Joan Dedaj who lost their units in the fire are thrilled at the prospect of moving back into their affordable, community-oriented co-op homes once the rebuild is complete. The target date for completion is late summer 2002.
“We would like to thank all the housing co-ops and co-op organizations across Canada that helped us after the fire,” says Wilson. “A total of 66 co-ops donated money to the fire survivors.”
CHF BC is a provincial federation of housing co-ops. There are 260 non-profit housing co-ops with over 14,000 co-op homes in British Columbia.