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Drakes Town Housing in Okotoks
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Affordable Housing Project Launched in Okotoks

Westwinds Communities is excited to announce that a new 10 Unit affordable housing project is set to launch in Okotoks’s Drakes Landing in June.

Ten new near-market and affordable housing units within a larger 70 unit rental complex is under construction at the corner of Milligan Drive, 48 Street and Drakes Landing Boulevard.

Okotoks adds $1.3M to D’Arcy project

The Town of Okotoks is amending its 2023 capital budget to provide more financial support for an affordable housing project. 

The Brenda Strafford Foundation’s (BSF) Heart Home Network and Westwinds Communities launched the D’Arcy Affordable Housing Project in partnership with the Town in 2021 and since then, costs have increased substantially. 

“There has been cost escalations related to site servicing that are higher than what was anticipated by the partners when these projects commenced,” planner Michelle Grenwich told council this week. “Initially, the site servicing costs were estimated to be $1 million for the partners. Now that is approaching $2.3 million, so that’s an additional $1.3 million of unanticipated expenses.”

“H” is for Housing

Westwinds Communities’ CAO Lauren Ingalls and Heartland Housing Foundation’s CEO Nancy Simmonds appeared on “Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown.” Topics of discussion included explaining what each of their organizations do, the rural-urban transition, and local housing needs. Check it out on YouTube here (the interview starts at the 17:34 mark).