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:

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


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: