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NEWS: Iqaluit August 16, 2012 - 5:09 am

Fire-ravaged Creekside Village unit to be rebuilt in 2013

“It will have the exact same footprint, and the exact same use, but it will be a different layout"

DAVID MURPHY
By the middle of this past April, the site of the devastating Creekside Village fire in Iqaluit had been cleaned up. (FILE PHOTO)
By the middle of this past April, the site of the devastating Creekside Village fire in Iqaluit had been cleaned up. (FILE PHOTO)

Nunastar Properties Inc. has received the go-ahead from Iqaluit city councillors for a plan to rebuild the residential units that burnt to the ground in the devastating Feb. 27 fire that left two dead.

The new structure will be made from two connected buildings, each separated by a firewall. Each building will hold twelve residential units. 

In all, the complex will contain 24 residential units.

“The applicant has the right to rebuild this structure,” Arif Sayani, the city’s director of planning and development, said at the Aug. 14 city council meeting. “It matches the footprint of what existed there.”

The new structure is being referred to as a replacement to the previous townhouses, built in the 1970s.

But its design will be more contemporary.

“It will have the exact same footprint, and the exact same use, but it will be a different layout,” Mayor Madeleine Redfern said.

For every pair of units, there will be one staircase leading to a shared porch, with separate entrances for tenants. 

The building will also be built to the 2010 national building code which does not require builders to install sprinklers.

However Nunastar general manager Don Chenier said his company will install them anyway.

Chenier said he’s “absolutely” excited about the building, whose construction could start next spring, with the completion probably at the end of 2013.

Chenier said he doesn’t know if any of the former tenants will move into the building.

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