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Transitional housing complex now on track to open by July

City Community Development general manager Steve Jacques told city council last week that the project is on track to open by July, and on budget despite recent setbacks
Mayor Paul Lefebvre speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at the transitional housing complex site on Lorraine Street in June 2023.

The troubled transitional housing complex project on Lorraine Street is on track to open by July, and remains on budget despite its challenges.

City Community Development general manager Steve Jacques gave city council an update on the project last week, noting that tradespeople are on site working on the first two floors.

The third and fourth floor of the 40-unit complex are expected to arrive for placement in mid-March.

“As hopefully the weather continues to improve and the snow leaves, then we start to do the ground work and the finish,” Jacques said, adding there has been “marginal delay” in the project’s timing.

When a ceremonial groundbreaking was held for the project in June 2023, it was anticipated to open by the end of that year.

“We anticipate there will be some delays, but we’re being reassured by our trades and our providers that they’re endeavouring to meet all the timelines,” Jacques said.

The project’s troubles were made public in late October, when learned its general contractor, Nomodic Modular Structures Inc., had declared bankruptcy on Oct. 6.

Work continued to secure the property until Oct. 13, after which it was left dormant.

After an almost two-month pause, Flex Modular was named the project’s new general contractor, and work recommenced in early December.

Then, an alleged fraudster hacked the contractor’s email address and defrauded the City of Greater Sudbury of $1.5 million, of which they’ve been able to recover more than $1 million through the courts so far.

Despite these hurdles, Jacques said the project came with a fixed cost of $14.4 million, which they have met thanks to bonds in place for construction and performance.

“We have a budget and we’re holding the contractor and the surety and everyone else to those prices,” he said.

Meanwhile, the province has yet to come forward with funding for the complex. The building will be staffed by an Assertive Community Treatment Team of medical professionals to help its chronically homeless residents find success. 

With health care under provincial jurisdiction, the city has been advocating for the province to contribute $2.5 million, but have committed to funding it regardless. 

Tyler Clarke covers city hall and political affairs for

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