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A little rain, lots of community spirit

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.
   Group gathers on the upper deck   KDO President Brian Stethem addresses audience

Yukon Housing Chair, Nelson Lepine jokes with audience   Ribbon cutting   Group gathers on the deck for a photo

Mayor Wayne Potoroka addresses audience
   MP Larry Bagnell addresses audience   The ribbon has been cut!

Premier Sandy Silver addressing audience
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Minister Pauline Frost   Audience   Trinity cutting the ribbon

Taking shelter from the rain      

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:
Oro Enterprises
Gammie Trucking
Brad Whitelaw of the Triple J Hotel/Klondike Spirit

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Grand opening for new KDO Apartments May 21

BalloonsIt’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

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The KDO Apartments Opening June 1, 2017!

KDO is now accepting applications for tenancy at the new apartment building! Details at:

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:

Thank you to our funders!

Things are really bustling over at the construction site. Now that the Yukon territorial election is over and done, Klondike Development Organization can (and certainly wishes to) gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the partners who have made this project possible. Thank you for recognizing the need for rental housing in our community, for sharing in our vision, and for saying ‘yes’!
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We would also like to thank Brad Whitelaw of the Triple J Hotel for his flexibility, and community-minded approach to working with us to purchase the land from him.  Without a place to build, construction could not have begun.

Work is going really well. The electricians are nearly done, plumbing is underway and well… here is a sneak peek at the interior. Oro Enterprise’s design offers comfy, compact spaces with ample windows to provide light and views. We’ll post more photos as things evolve.

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The digging (and eventual building) begins!


It’s happening! Ground has been broken at King & 6th and visions of apartments dance in our heads! KDO’s goal of building rental housing in Dawson is about to be realized. KDO and our partners, the City of Dawson and Yukon Housing have entered into agreements that will result in 8 apartments being constructed this winter.

KDO’s mission includes strengthening critical economic and social sectors. We have continually found that Dawson City’s housing shortage acts as a barrier to its growth and development and that is why the Board of Directors has prioritized this sector.

Despite the shortage of rental housing in Dawson City (particularly in one bedroom stock), all studies have shown that construction costs prohibit the development of a new for-profit rental development at market affordable rents. A community-owned rental housing project operated on a not-for-profit basis and supported by a Yukon Housing Corporation capital grant posed our best chance of adding a significant amount of new housing stock to the market.

Based on our 2014 feasibility study supported by the CMHC Seed Funding program, our concept for a Dawson City housing solution is the development of an apartment complex of compact, energy-efficient units that would be suitable for single individuals, couples, or small families.

For further information, read the CMHC/Yukon Housing joint press release: PR

Some KDO board members gather with Dawson City’s Mayor and a few Council members for ground-breaking celebration

Makerspace in Dawson?

We have partnered with KIAC to bring Logan Shrek and Andrew Kalek from YuKonstruct up from Whitehorse to help us explore the idea of a Makerspace in Dawson. Makerspaces are DIY spaces where people share equipment and tools to invent, create and learn.

Join us at the Downtown Hotel on Wednesday April 27 at 7.00 pm for an evening of big ideas and thinking.

Please see share our poster.