New forms ready for concrete to be poured to replace the original sidewalks at the Quail Crossing housing project in Keremeos. The original sidewalks were improperly set below the doorways. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

New forms ready for concrete to be poured to replace the original sidewalks at the Quail Crossing housing project in Keremeos. The original sidewalks were improperly set below the doorways. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Delayed Keremeos BC Housing projects expected ready summer 2022

The two projects were originally intended to be open in 2020

Keremeos residents who have been waiting close to two years to move into the Cactus Court or Quail Cross housing still have some time to go.

The potential good news for those who had applied to move into the housing developments in Keremeos is that they won’t necessarily have to reapply.

As long as they have kept their files up to date, they should be ready to go, according to BC Housing. For those who haven’t checked in on their application for a while BC Housing says you can provide an update by calling the Housing Registry.

“In most instances, an inactive file can be reactivated over the phone,” said BC Housing. “The only instance in which an applicant might need to reapply is if they have not updated their file or contacted the Housing Registry for approximately two years.”

The two housing projects had originally been intended to be open and inhabited by June, 2020. The original developer of the projects had failed to meet the requirements set out by BC Housing, and is currently in the middle of litigation over the projects.

READ MORE: No end in sight after more than a year of delays for BC Housing projects in Keremeos

Meirau Contractors, the company working on the on-schedule Ambrosia Housing Development in Keremeos, was brought in in 2021 to fix the problems left by the original developer. According to the most recent statement from BC Housing, the plan is to have Cactus Court or Quail Cross move-in ready by early summer 2022.

Third-party qualified consultants were hired to complete in-depth reviews of both the Cactus Court and Quail Crossing buildings, investigating their interiors, exteriors and safety systems, and according to BC Housing found no fundamental structural or fire and life safety system issues. There were issues found with the projects failing to meet the building code, such as the width of the sidewalks, as well as lighting, accessibility issues and other design elements.

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