MARATHON — Construction is underway for a new $21 million, 50-unit housing project.
The Marathon Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation held the groundbreaking for the new Gendron Northshore Living housing complex on Wednesday.
Of the 50 units, nearly a third will be priced at a rental rate of less than 80 per cent of the median market rate. In Marathon, the Peninsula Manor seniors' housing complex has a waitlist of more than 70 people.
“The Town of Marathon is in a period of growth, and it’s a wonderful time for our community,” Marathon Mayor Rick Dumas said in a written statement.
“However, with rapid growth comes the need for housing and resources, and as it currently stands, there are over 180 individuals within Marathon that need quality and affordable housing. This area includes the outskirts of Marathon, which encompasses our neighbour First Nations communities. This project will allow individuals in need to access comfortable housing, and will make room for Marathon to prosper even further in the future. The Town of Marathon recognizes the demand for housing and we are pleased to provide support for this project.”
The project also includes a $250,000 fundraising campaign, which would equip the units with appliances, furniture, yard maintenance equipment, window covers, and cabling for internet, telephone and television.
The new housing complex is expected to be ready for occupancy in 15 months.