The City of Stratford has released the building permit for the construction of five affordable housing apartment units at 101 Brunswick St., to be operated by Performing Arts Lodge (PAL) Stratford.
“This is a long awaited day and it comes after perseverance, determination and a lot of hard work,” says PAL vice president Gordon Sherwin. “Construction will begin immediately with hopes of occupancy before the year’s end.”
PAL purchased the Brunswick Street property in central Stratford in February of this year. While the primary purpose is for the artistic community, any eligible person can apply for residence. The project will provide five much needed affordable housing units for the community.
PAL is dedicated to providing affordable housing and other services for artists who are in the twilight of their careers and find themselves with financial challanges.
“Artists frequently spend their life going from one role here, to another one somewhere else, and often find it difficult to make ends meet,” says PAL president John Banks. “There are PAL chapters in most major performance centres across Canada and it’s fitting that there is now one in Stratford.”
This marks the beginning of “places, please,” PAL Stratford’s capital campaign, the goal of which is $400,000 to retire the mortgage. Other funding has been earmarked from Stratford for the construction itself.
Tax deductable donations are being accepted; visit www.palstratford.org for more information.