A row of derelict homes in Iqaluit’s core could be replaced with new housing after city councillors voted in favour of a development plan for the area.
The six boarded-up homes sit along Queen Elizabeth Way between Northmart and Arctic Ventures.
City planner Michelle Armstrong laid out about two options Tuesday evening to the city’s planning and development committee to consolidate 10 lots in the area, partly occupied by these homes, into three lots.
“It’s going to be weird not looking at those derelict boarded-up buildings,” said Deputy Mayor Kim Smith, who chairs the planning committee.
The plan would allow TBG Construction Ltd. to develop a four-storey housing complex on the northwest corner of the block of lots. The proposed complex would include 24 units.
This map shows how 10 lots in Iqaluit’s core could be transformed into three lots, where new housing developments would go. (Image courtesy of the City of Iqaluit)
A non-profit development would take the northeast corner of the block and a 75-unit housing development proposed by Eric Caouette and NCC Development Ltd. is proposed for the south side of the block.
Councillors preferred the three-lot plan over a four-lot consolidation, which would have eaten into Caouette’s 75-unit development proposal. The fourth plot would have been offered for non-profit development.
The Arctic Survival Store and Qulliq Energy Corp. offices, both of which are also on that block, are outside of the lot consolidation area.
In response to a question from Coun. Romeyn Stevenson, Armstrong said city staff recommended the three-lot proposal because it allows for construction of more housing units.
“It would allow a more efficient design and development of [Caouette’s] parcel,” she said.
Mayor Solomon Awa expressed hope that units that get built there will offer bigger options than just one-bedroom units.
The plan will go to council Dec. 12 for final approval after Tuesday’s unanimous vote.
“I think we’re all tired of looking at those homes,” Smith said after the meeting.
“The goal really is, eventually, to have a walkable, accessible downtown and this is a good start to that.”
By Jeff Pelletier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Original Published on Nov 23, 2023 at 12:46