Phoenix put to rest 

Temporary housing project cancelled; local businesses scramble to find alternative accommodation

click to enlarge Jobs Yes, Beds No Accommodation is a bigger obstacle this year for resort workers, such as these Whistler-Blackcomb applicants at a past job fair. Phoenix would have provided 308 temporary beds to employers.
  • Jobs Yes, Beds No Accommodation is a bigger obstacle this year for resort workers, such as these Whistler-Blackcomb applicants at a past job fair. Phoenix would have provided 308 temporary beds to employers.

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Chris Quinlan, Phoenix Board member and owner of Behind the Grind Coffee Shop, added that most businesses have graciously accepted that the project has been abandoned.

“It is really disappointing, but the reaction from all the businesses so far has been ‘Thanks for giving it your best shot,’” said Quinlan.

He added: “This has just identified how serious of a need there is for temporary accommodation. For us to try and fool ourselves to thinking we do not need it is just ridiculous.”

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Board has not yet been disbanded, and Zucht said the board may be willing to explore other temporary housing solutions that come their way.

“The additional media coverage (with Phoenix) has helped highlight the issue for other companies, so maybe there is still a possibility that there will be other opportunities to explore,” she said.

Added Good: “I think we have to get a group of people together again to go, ‘Okay, what is a different way we could do this?’

“Given the situation that we are in, we are probably going to need a group at some point to look at this next year and the years after.”

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