Released August 11, 2006

  Painting contract awarded for NLHC housing units

Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation (NLHC) has awarded C.P. Whittle Painting and Contracting a $136,000 contract to paint exterior walls and trim on 115 social housing units throughout the St. John’s North and West area. Paul Shelley, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Responsible for NLHC, Sheila Osborne, MHA for St. John’s West, and Bob Ridgley, MHA, St. John’s North, made the announcement today.

“This painting contract illustrates NLHC’s commitment to maintaining its housing portfolio and represents a significant investment in sustaining corporation rental units,” said Minister Shelley. “As always, the corporation continually assesses the conditions of its properties and addresses those that need the most work first.”

“The funding announcement for this project is welcome news,” said Sheila Osborne, MHA for St. John’s West. “These improvements will make a vast difference in the properties, and will likely also help increase local property values.”

“I’m very pleased to hear about this contract being awarded,” commented Bob Ridgley, area MHA for St. John’s North. “About 83 of those units are located in the St. John’s North district, and being in touch with my constituents from the area on a regular basis, I know they are thrilled that this much-needed work has begun.”

This contract is the first phase of a three-stage maintenance plan to complete exterior painting on units in NLHC’s Avalon Regional Office area during the 2005–06 construction season. Work under this current contract includes units on Blackmarsh Road, Hamlyn Road, and Gros Morne Place, in St. John’s West, and Nascopie Crescent, New Pennywell and Crobsie Road and Empire Avenue in St. John’s North. The painting began in early July and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2006.

For further information, please contact:

Jenny Bowring
Manager, Corporate Communications
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
(709) 724-3055