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PoliticsMunicipal15TuesdayMay212013GiantremediationdevolutionandexpandingmilitarybuildhousingboominYellowknifeByJACKDANYLCHUKFromOldTownthroughNivenLaketoKamLakecabinshousesandcondo-miniumprojectsarepop-pingupacrossYellowknifetomeetanticipatedeconomicgrowth.TherearejobsasaresultofdevolutionGiantMineremediationandthemili-taryisincreasingitspres-encehereandintheNorthMayorMarkHeycksaidinaninterviewafterbreakinggroundTuesdayonacondo-miniumprojectintheNivenLakesubdivision.Giantremediationisex-pectedtocreate300long-termjobsandthetransferoffederalresponsibilitiestotheNorthwestTerritorieswillbringanother200peopletoYellowknifeHeycksaidsowefeelthatwecansus-tainthishousingmarketforafewyearstocome.TherstphaseofSummitCircleDevelopmentsCavoprojectinNivenLakewilladd36prefabricatedbach-eloroneandtwo-bedroomcondominiumstothecityshousingstock.Itis80percentsoldandanother40unitswillgoinlaterthisyear.ArchitectWayneGuypresidentofSummitCirclesaidtheprefabricatedunitswillbenishedinsideandoutatafactoryinEdmon-tonandtrucked1500kmtowaitingfoundationsonthesitethissummer.AllthatremainsistohookthemuptomunicipalservicesitsplugandplaysaidGuywhoexperimentedwithprefabricatedtechnol-ogyonahousingprojectinOldTownandfoundital-lowedustomakebestuseoftheconstructionseasonandputintheunitswhentheweatherisgood.Thedaybeforetheground-breakingcitycouncilgaveHomesNorthpresidentLesRocherpermissiontoadd10one-roomcabinstoasiteonBreztlaffDriveinOldTown.ThecabinswillhouseworkerswhowillbebusythroughoutthesummeratKamLakewhereHomesNorthisputtingin170hous-ingunitsforwhatRocherdescribesasrepeatbuyerspeoplewhoareupgradingtothreeandfour-bedroomhomes.CavoisjustupthestreetfromwhereRedcliffDevel-opmentshassoldhalfofthe16townhomesitisbuildingonthesiteoftheformerBay-viewEstatesaprojectthatfailedinthe2008recession.ThefutureisverybrightforYellowknifeGuysaid.Thekeyisaffordableen-try-levelhousing.Peoplewillstayandbecomepartofthecommunityforthelongterm.Ourpopulationhasstayedthesameforthepast10yearsandnowIthinkitwillstarttogrowinasignicantway.Wevebrokenthebubbleofhousingpriceandcostandvalue.Oneprojectthatwassched-uledforconstructionthissum-merbutwontgoaheaduntilnextyearisa24-uniteco-housingprojectthatdeveloperTonyChangplannedfor48thStreetbesideBostonPizza.Guywhoistheleadar-chitectontheprojectsaiditranintoschedulingprob-lems.Unveiledayearagoitgot1.2millionfordesignworkfromCanNorandthecity.Guydescribeditasaonce-in-a-lifetimeoppor-tunitytondahomemadeanswertothehighcostofNorthernhouseconstruc-tionandoperation.SummitDevelopmentspresidentWayneGuyleftandYellowknifeMayorMarkHeyckbreakgroundontheCavocondominiumprojectintheNivenLakesub-division.PhotoJackDanylchukApieceofYellowknifespastslatedfordemolitionByJACKDANYLCHUKProposedchangestoOldTownlandmarkswillelimi-nateaheritagebuildinglinkedtoYellowknifesraucouspastasafrontiergoldminingpros-pectingandaviationcentre.TheHouseofHorrorsaonetimeroominghouseknownforgamblingandwildpartieswillbesweptasideinthemovetoexpandtheparkinglotbelowPilotsMonument.Thecityboughttheprop-ertyandthehousewillbedemolishedthissummertomakewayfortheredevelop-mentofPilotsMonumentMayorMarkHeycksaid.GivenafewyearsitwouldprobablycomedownonitsownHeycksaid.Wearelookingatcommemoratingthebuilding.Therehasbeenasuggestionthatawallbepreserved.Welllookatsomewayoflettingresidentsknowwhatwasoncethere.ThePilotsMonumentre-developmentwillbephasedinoverseveralyears.Itin-cludesarampforwheelchairaccessexpandedparkingandmorepicnictablesinRacinePark.Wearelookingatcommemoratingthebuilding.Therehasbeenasuggestionthatawallbepreserved.Welllookatsomewayoflettingresidentsknowwhatwasoncethere.YellowknifeMayorMarkHeyckTheOldTownHouseofHorrorsissettobedemolishedformoreparkingatPilotsMonument.PoliticsMunicipalPhotoJackDanylchuk