By Andrea Arnold

The Village of Valemount is taking steps to provide accommodation options in the community.

An in-camera item from the March 22 Valemount Council meeting regarding housing was made public at the April 12th council meeting: the Village agreed to issue a Request for Expression of Interest for a developer to design and build a fourplex unit, and to purchase the Village owned property at 1155- 6th Ave. The motion was carried.

Valemount Mayor Owen Torgerson said the idea is to see if a developer is interested in purchasing a lot from the Village at market value in order to construct a 4-plex. The Village would commit to purchasing one unit in the 4-plex.

The Village is using to gather information and gauge if there is enough interest for the acquisition of land and construction of housing, said Valemount Mayor Owen Torgerson.

“The REOI is intended to address the Village’s immediate need for professional staff housing within the community, including teachers, nurses, consultants, municipal staff, etc,” said Mayor Torgerson. “The information provided may assist the Village in the development of a future public procurement process for a potential housing project.”

The deadline for REOI submissions from builders and developers is April 29, 2022.