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Dome Enhancement Project

With financial assistance from Yukon’s Community Development Fund, the City of Dawson and Klondike Visitors Association, KDO implemented a modest landscaping project this summer, aimed at increasing safety, accessibility and aesthetics of the Midnight Dome. The Dome’s stunning views encompassing the historic townsite and Tr’ochëk, the entrance to the Goldfields, two river valleys and Ogilvie mountains make this one of Dawson’s biggest visitor attractions year-round, but the site itself needed a bit of care. KDO undertakes focused projects that foster sustainable local economies and community by building on our existing strengths and assets.

Without changing the overall rugged nature of the site or interfering with existing site uses (such as paragliding and biking), the plan devised by local contractor CnD Landscapes involved low profile, sustainable upgrades to create focal points, encourage natural flora re-growth and reduce erosion while increasing pedestrian accessibility.  Features include:
– A stone circle set into the ground at the top of the dome
– A new viewing platform at the west face, with upgraded trail and steps to access it
– Widened parking area
– A retaining wall along parking area with entry points to trails leading to top of dome

Traffic signs will be added next summer to encourage more organized use of the parking area, and we hope to work further on the trails above the parking area. KDO will monitor the site for damage and repairs needed over time, and seek to work with community partners to maintain this wonderful site in a way that welcomes locals and visitors alike. We anticipate benefits to tourism, to recreation and to environmental sustainability with these activities.

Grand Opening of 3rd Ave. Apartments!

Lots to celebrate! KDO could not be more proud of our new apartments and we are deeply thankful for all the support we have received from our partners in building the rental housing our community needs.

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Sincere thanks to our funders:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Yukon Housing Corporation
City of Dawson
& our commercial finance partner: CIBC

And our incredible local contractors and suppliers:

Oro Enterprises
Across the River Consulting
Crain Ventures
Gammie Trucking
Grenon Enterprises
Bishop Plumbing
Big B Painting
Dick’s Dust
Arctic Inland Resources
Dawson Hardware

Photos: Marina Osmond

News Release: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2019/klondike-development-organization-opens-8-new-units-affordable-rental-housing

3rd avenue apartments getting set to open!

KDO is getting set to celebrate completion of the new apartments on 3rd avenue, May 31st!
Tenants will be moving into the building on June 1 and June 15, 2019.

THANK YOU to our funding partners:
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Yukon Housing Corporation
City of Dawson

Our commercial finance partner: CIBC

And our incredible local contractors and suppliers:

Oro Enterprises
Gammie Trucking
Grenon Enterprises
Crain Ventures
Bishop Plumbing
Big B Painting
Dick’s Dust
Arctic Inland Resources
Dawson Hardware

At home on 3rd Avenue

It looks peaceful on the outside… but on the inside the rooms are all framed, plumbing is roughed in, electrical is almost done, and we’re putting up drywall.

KDO is excited to be contributing to the revitalization of this section of third avenue. We’re hopeful that the vacant buildings along here  will find new life and opportunity soon!

Baby steps towards KDO 2!

There’s snow on the ground and a chill in the air, but with the help of our trusty local contractors and the City of Dawson we are charging ahead with construction of our next 8-plex.

Supporting a year-round economy is important to KDO as a community economic development focused organization, so we are pleased to once again be shopping and hiring local as much as possible, and to be constructing through the winter months.

Thanks to Gammie Trucking for their stellar work completing our excavation and backfill so quickly:

Here’s a fun shot of the Oro Enterprises construction crew who were out building forms for the concrete footings:

And thanks to Grenon Enterprises and City of Dawson for taking care of the water and sewer installation pretty much ‘just in the nick of time’ in terms of weather:

Work site the other morning:

Governments of Yukon and Canada joint press release:

https://yukon.ca/en/news/eight-affordable-housing-units-under-construction-dawson

Coming soon to downtown Dawson… KDO 8-plex TWO!

KDO is thrilled to announce the commencement of our second affordable housing complex in Dawson City!

Members of the KDO Board of Directors, City Council, Administration and former owner of the property gathered to celebrate the ground breaking. Photo: Dan Davidson. 

Gammie Trucking digs in to the ground work.

A modification of our 6th& King apartments design, this new building will again offer 8 compact and energy-efficient apartments.  Different design elements were introduced to adapt the complex to the 3rd avenue property on a commercial street flanked by historic sites on either side.

East elevation drawing (3rd avenue view of the building). Design by Oro Enterprises.

South elevation drawing. Design by Oro Enterprises.

Operating on a not-for-profit model, our aim is to provide comfortable, stable, affordable housing to help alleviate the shortage our community continues to face.

KDO would like to express our thanks for the support of the City of Dawson through their Development Incentive Policy, to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for their assistance in completing the design and engineering, and to Yukon Housing Corporation for their Affordable Housing and Municipal Matching funding.

Oro Enterprises was the successful proponent following our construction RFP, and they are looking to begin construction as soon as the site is backfilled and compacted.  We will get the building tight to weather as soon as possible, and then interior construction will continue over the winter, aiming for final exterior work and completion by the end of summer 2019.

Mahsi Cho, everyone! This stuff is not easy… we could not do this without you.  Now… let’s get to work!

      

For further information on the programs KDO has accessed:

City of Dawson Development Incentive Bylaw

Yukon Housing- Affordable Housing

Yukon Housing- Municipal Matching Program

CMHC Programs for creating new housing