NEWS RELEASE · 30th September 2015
Construction starts on Haisla Town Centre as LNG Canada Commits to Unit Rentals
Recently, LNG Canada and the Haisla Nation finalized a ten year lease agreement that establishes LNG Canada as the anchor tenant and underpins the development of residential units in phase on of the Haisla Town Centre complex in downtown Kitimat.
LNG Canada will lease a single residential building in the complex. The building will contain a total of 49 residential condos with a mix of one and two bedroom units, some including dens.
The building forms the first phase o f a mixed use development planned by the Haisla Nation, which will include a further two residential buildings, a two story office building, plus a hotel and restaurant. The master plan was given the green light by the District of Kitimat earlier this year.
Excavation for the first residential building on the site began in April, with a completion date scheduled for late 2016.
“We are very happy to sign this agreement with LNG Canada and to take a strong next step forward in our nations business plan and economic growth,” says Chief Councillor Ellis Ross. “The LNG Canada project will offer long-term substantial economic and employment benefits for the Haisla - and what is most important is that these benefits will dramatically improve social conditions in our community.”
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to lease residential space in this new, high quality development. This agreement will provide LNG Canada access to much needed new residential space, and reflects our commitment to work with the local community to minimize impacts our project may have on housing availability,” said Andy Calitz, CEO, LNG Canada.
“The Haisla Town Centre complex will bring new residential and commercial space to the down town core, which will have a significant impact on Kitimat. We are pleased that LNG Canada has committed to a leasing a residential building in the complex,” said Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth.
Kerkhoff Construction, a B.C. based builder with over 45 years’ experience has been selected by Haisla Nation for the development management and construction of the project. Kerkhoff has managed the project through the concept design, feasibility and approval stages of the project, and has recently commenced construction on Condo 1.
“We are honoured to have been chosen for this project by the Haisla Nation and it has been a pleasure to work with their team of directors and advisors to make this important project for them a reality,” said Bill Kerkhoff, President of Kerkhoff Construction.