The Heartland Housing Foundation's Fort Saskatchewan Project won the Capital Region Board's (CRB) Our Affordable Future Challenge.
"We were chosen as well as Christenson Group of Companies out of Edmonton which is one of the largest seniors housing businesses in the country," Heartland Housing Foundation board chair, Stew Hennig said.
The winning two pilot projects were recognized in Morinville on September 15 at the CRB's ReEnvision Complete Communities Symposium.
"We felt very honoured to be chosen in that very esteemed company. Our project is an affordable seniors housing complex apartment building we're hoping to build in Fort Saskatchewan. We showed the CRB the plans, how we wanted to see it work and how we expected to make it go forward."
The CRB will meet with each winner to decide how they can best help the two winners.
"The reward will help with our further planning."
The CRB's mandate including a focus on housing.
"Make certain there are all sorts of housing options available to all residents," Board Chair, St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse said.
"The Heartland Housing Foundation's project was an innovative mixed market approach at a development next to Dr. Turner Lodge."
The idea behind the challenge was about making sure developers and builders really look at the best way to increase market affordable housing options in the region to make communities more livable and diverse."
"A lot of what many view as traditional housing, doesn't necessarily meet the demographics. Whether it be a single Dad, a family of two or a retired couple. There are many socio-economic needs, we have all kinds of needs in our communities, people who have limited income, people downsizing, just starting their families, retirees or widowers. We must think about housing from a complete community point of view not the traditional white picket fence thinking."