Dunfield Park, Corner Brook, can now look
forward to turning 40 this year – a revitalized community plan will
soon be in the works for this busy family neighbourhood. On Saturday,
March 17, Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) will issue a Request
for Proposals (RFP) to obtain professional consulting services for a
revitalization study on Dunfield Park. The Honourable Danny Williams,
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador and MHA for Humber West, and the
Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and
Employment and Responsible for Housing, made the announcement today.
Senior Housing officials recently met with
tenants, City of Corner Brook officials and other public service
agencies such as the local Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and fire
department to brief them on Housing’s plans. The final project will
eventually result in a significant renewal of the neighbourhood.
Originally constructed in 1967, Dunfield Park
is among the earliest public housing property built in Newfoundland and
Labrador. In its time, the sprawling 200-unit neighbourhood was the
perfect solution for many large low-income families. Approximately 67
per cent of the development consists of three, four and five-bedroom
accommodations. By today’s standards, it is no longer suitable for the
elderly or smaller families, as the majority of people seeking
affordable housing these days require one or two-bedroom units.
"The provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy
clearly identifies access to adequate housing as a factor in breaking
the cycle of poverty," said Premier Williams. "I am so pleased that
Newfoundland Labrador Housing is assessing the housing needs for
Dunfield Park, and I look forward to the positive changes and
improvements that will benefit the residents and the community as a
The goal is to convert the units into a
modern-day development, on a phased-in schedule, taking into
consideration the needs of all stakeholders. Present and future
demographic and social needs will be reviewed, as well as items such as
accessibility and suitability for seniors and small families. Some
other items which will be considered are unit layout and configuration,
population density of the area, best land use, sustainability, and
availability of local services such as transportation.
"One of the most important aspects of the
revitalization process will be the consultation with the affected
stakeholders," said Minister Skinner. "In addition to tenants, the
consultants will seek input from local businesses, private homeowners,
the City of Corner Brook, environmental and recreational groups, and
enforcement agencies such as the local fire and police department. We
are very open to new ideas with this revitalization project and are
eagerly anticipating the concept plans."
The RFP will close on April 10, 2007, with the
proposal being awarded shortly thereafter. The successful proponent
will be expected to provide a finalized concept plan to Housing by the
end of August. It is anticipated that the actual planning work will
begin in the fall.