Burnaby's first modular housing project delayed again

52-unit supportive housing building expected complete in August

People preparing to move into Burnaby’s first modular housing project will have to wait a little longer.

The 52-unit building, originally scheduled to open in March, likely won’t see residents moving in until mid-August or later. 

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The project was first delayed by the city’s permitting process and the need to clear the city-owned lot, according to B.C. Housing. In March, the agency predicted a mid-June move-in date, but that timeline has been pushed back.

The units have already been built in Kamloops and are ready to be shipped and installed, B.C. Housing spokesperson Rajvir Rao said in an email. 

“However, some issues with the excavation process and connection to services have taken longer than expected and have resulted in a roughly six-week delay,” she said. “Modular units are now expected to arrive on site by mid-June and construction completion is estimated by early August.”

The province first announced the Norland project in May, 2018 as part of its Rapid Response to Homelessness program. The NDP government has pledged $7.6 million to build the homes at 3986 Norland Ave. 

Burnaby-based Progressive Housing Society will manage the site.

The small studio apartments will include bathrooms, kitchens and beds. Residents will have access to a full suite of services, including laundry, life-skills training, health care and meal programs.

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