Released September 8, 2009

Contract Awarded for Renovations on Greenwood Crescent

A social housing complex in Mount Pearl will soon receive an upgrade after Newfoundland Labrador Housing (Housing) awarded a $443,000 contract to G.S. Hunt Ltd. of Bell Island to renovate the 14 semi-detached units on Greenwood Crescent.

"The Williams Government has shown once again its steadfast commitment to providing sustainable, affordable housing in our province," said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Housing. "Our recently released Social Housing Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador – Secure Foundations is yet another example of this government’s efforts to improve the housing circumstances of lower-income households and help create healthier communities."

The renovation work to these dwellings will include the complete replacement of roofing, siding, windows and doors, and basement wells where required. Ventilation systems such as bathroom exhaust fans and kitchen range hoods will also be replaced.

"This notable investment is much appreciated by all involved," said Steve Kent, Mount Pearl North MHA. "These renovations to Greenwood Crescent will ensure the longevity of this very important component of our social housing community."

These current upgrade and repairs are part of Housing’s annual Modernization and Improvement Program, to which the Provincial Government infused an additional $14.5 million in Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation for building, renovating and retro-fitting social housing infrastructure throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

The anticipated completion date for this project is November 2009.

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Communications Specialist
Department of Transportation and Works
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Newfoundland Labrador Housing
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709-729-0898, 697-1424