Released December 11, 2009

Froude Avenue Community Centre Parking Lot to be Upgraded

The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing), today announced an $85,000 contract for Pyramid Construction Ltd. to construct and extend a new parking lot area for the Froude Avenue Community Centre in St. John’s.

"Froude Avenue Community Centre is one of eight community centres and affiliated neighbourhood centres supported by Housing throughout our province and they are extremely important to improving the quality of life in their respective neighbourhoods," said Minister Hedderson. "I am pleased to see this project taking place to make the parking lot and nearby basketball court safer for both patrons and youth."

The project will involve the removal and replacement of asphalt pavement, the installation of new clothes line poles, new basketball posts in the nearby court, and the relocation of an existing shed on the property. The anticipated completion date for this project is early 2010. This project is part of the long-term revitalization of the area that began in 2008.

"My association with Froude Avenue Community Centre and the Froude Avenue-Cashin Avenue neighbourhood goes back a long way, and I can tell you firsthand that every single modernization and improvement that happens there is appreciated and deserved," said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, MHA for St. John’s Centre.

"Froude Avenue Community Centre has been particularly active and successful in delivering programs and services to tenants from children to seniors and this upgrade will enhance safety and aesthetics."

This work is in keeping with the goals of the Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations, which outlines a new long-term vision for social housing aimed at improving the circumstances of lower-income households and helping to create healthier communities.

These current upgrades and repairs are part of Housing’s annual Modernization and Improvement program. As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will invest $14.55 million for building, renovating and retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

In the spring, the federal and provincial governments announced a joint investment of $93 million to build new and renovate existing affordable housing throughout the province over the next two years. Overall, the provincial contribution is $50 million, with the Federal Government contributing a further $43 million.

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Media contacts:

Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267
Jenny Bowring
Manager, Communications
Newfoundland Labrador Housing
Denise Payne
Executive Assistant for
Hon. Shawn Skinner, MHA for St. John’s Centre