Earlier this year, Klondike Development Organization completed early stage financial feasibility work for an IPP solar power generation project in Dawson City, and we are now ready to proceed through the next steps towards making the project happen. KDO is looking to initiate a small pilot project of 250 KW (0.25 MW) during the summer of 2020.
KDO seeks an experienced solar industry partner to assist us in satisfying Yukon Energy’s IPP pre-application process eligibility requirements and completing initial technical feasibility work that will then enable us to complete site selection, a full application to the utility and access financing. This may include photovoltaic array design, grid interconnection planning, and if successful, product sourcing and project installation.
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.
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.
KDO is thrilled to announce the commencement of our second affordable housing complex in Dawson City!
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.
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:
KDO with the help of Crocus Bluff Consulting (and of course our lovely funders Regional Economic Development Fund and City of Dawson) are investigating the concept and feasibility of a makerspace in Dawson. Please help us gather information about needs and interests in the community by completing this quick survey:
The weather did not fully cooperate for the Grand Opening of the new KDO apartments on Sunday, May 21, but we had a great time celebrating with our friends and project partners regardless.
The KDO Board of Directors wishes to thank the following project funding partners:
Yukon Housing Corporation
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
City of Dawson
Yukon Department of Economic Development
Additional thanks to:
Brad Whitelaw of the Triple J Hotel/Klondike Spirit
It’s true, tenants don’t move in until June 1, but this will be our chance to recognize and thank our funders, and those who have helped make this project happen.
2:00 PM at the apartments at 1091 6th Ave (corner of 6th & King).
All are welcome, here’s what’s happening:
• KDO President welcome
• Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Elder blessing (Clara VanBibber)
• A few words from Premier Sandy Silver, MP Larry Bagnell, Minister Pauline Frost, YHC Chair, Nelson Lepine, Mayor Wayne Potoroka, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief Roberta Joseph
• Ribbon cutting
• Tour of building
• Refreshments, cake, snacks, discussion
KDO will host a sneak preview of the building on April 12, from 4 to 7PM so that anyone interested in renting an apartment will have a chance to see the unit before submitting an application. Final construction will be ongoing through the months of April and May.
Apt. #8 is just a few details away from completion:
Grand opening: sometime on the Victoria Day/Gold Show weekend-