Posted by: PPHR | February 19, 2010

The legacy of the Whistler Athletes’ Village: The Whistler Athletes’ Village to provide affordable housing Post-Games

The Olympic and Paralympic Athletes’ Village in Whistler is one of the most tangible legacies of the 2010 Winter Games. Not only is it home to more than 3,500 athletes and officials during the 2010 Winter Games, the neighbourhood will provide much needed affordable housing to Whistler residents for years to come.

After the 2010 Winter Games, the Athletes’ Village will become the Cheakamus Crossing neighbourhood, which will be home to a vibrant mixture of residents, hostel visitors and athletes. Decades ago, Whistler residents and businesses recognized part of the community’s long-term success depended on retaining a stable, resident workforce: people and families that live, work and play in Whistler.

Cheakamus Crossing goes a long way in maintaining the goal of having more than 75% of the workforce living right in Whistler. It will also be a model for sustainable living for more than 800 residents.

The neighbourhood is one of only 20 Canadian developments designated as a pilot project for LEED-ND (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – Neighbourhood Development), which sets the highest standards in green neighbourhood design practices.

The Whistler Housing Authority will operate the rental apartments in the neighbourhood, as well as the resale of resident-restricted units. Today, approximately 79% of the resort’s Whistler-based workforce resides in resident-restricted housing.

The Whistler Athletes’ Centre, with its lodge, townhomes and high performance centre will become the epicentre of athlete training and development in Whistler.

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