Old Grace Housing Co-operative Inc. (OGHC) is a new non-profit, mixed income, multi-generational housing cooperative in Winnipeg. It was initiated in early 2012 by a group of approximately 30 individuals, who were interested in creating housing on the site of the original Grace Hospital. It was formally incorporated as a non-profit housing cooperative in 2014 and now has over 150 members.
OGHC will offer 60 apartments, including 30 earmarked for lower –income residents. The building and landscaping are designed to complement the surrounding houses in the Wolseley neighbourhood. A high degree of energy-efficiency is planned. Plans include 2 on-site Peg City Car Co-op vehicles.
Over 60 per cent of the apartments were taken in the first application period. A second application window for members will close on April 4, 2016.
Cooperative president Sandra Hardy said that there were still a number of two-, three-, and four bedroom units available. “The units are affordably priced, the building will be environmentally friendly, and the members are committed to establishing a vibrant cooperative in a welcoming neighbourhood.”
The OGHC has benefitted from the generosity of the cooperative community by receiving grants from the Cooperative Development Tax Credit Fund and Assiniboine Credit Union. The Manitoba government is providing a forgivable loan for the lower-income apartments.
Prior to being selected by the Province to develop the co-op on the provincially-owned site, OGHC undertook a broad range of consultations with neighbours, housing agencies, community organizations and local businesses.
OGHC ‘s professional team included DSI Tandem Co-op Resources, Prairie Architects Inc, HTFC Planning and Design, and Concord Projects providing construction management. It is anticipated that construction could begin in June, with occupancy in early 2018. Planning has also begun for a smaller number of apartments on a second adjacent site.
More information can be found on the co-op’s web site.