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(Posted 11:30 a.m., June 24)
Contaminated soil delays Convent Glen Habitat build
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Habitat for Humanity project at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and Fortune Dive has been put on hold for a year after costs for soil mediation on the site exceeded original estimates.

According to Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa CEO Kristen Harold, the measures needed to remediate the soil to provincial standards has been more onerous than expected.

“Remediation costs were significantly higher than we anticipated and we found a lot more than environmental tests showed. Due to those reasons we’ve had to postpone construction,” Harold explains.

The site was a former gas station which operated from 1979 until 1995 when the owner relocated and the station was decommissioned.

Habitat plans to build 16 townhouses on the site which is located across the street from Convent Glen Catholic School.

Construction will now have to wait until the Ontario Ministry of the Environment tests the remaining soil and gives the project their blessing. In the meantime work will proceed on servicing the site with proper water, sewer, hydro and gas connections. That will likely take about six months.

Habitat is also still engaged in discussions with the city on the final site plan.
While all that is taking place, Habitat will continue to accept applications from families for one of the 16 homes. The 16 fortunate families chosen will be given an interest free mortgage in exchange for their sweat equity in building not only their own homes, but other Habitat projects as well.

The Fortune Drive build will be the fourth Habitat for Humanity project in Orléans.

The organization built two homes on Tulip Crescent in Chatelaine Village in 2008. Three more homes were built on Nantes Drive in Avalon in 2013, followed by four additional homes on the same site in 2014.

Four more families moved into their Habitat for Humanity homes on Cousineau Street last December, bringing the total number of Habitat for Humanity homes in Orléans to 13.

After the Fortune Drive build is completed sometime in late 2017, the figure will balloon to 29.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, or how you can donate your time or money to the Fortune Drive build visit www.habitatncr.com.

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