Phoenix, take two 

Housing project resurrected by independents; Buildings could be ready in December if money secured

click to enlarge Re-Rise The Phoenix project could rise from its own ashes after an independent developer offered a new vision for the troubled housing complex
  • Re-Rise The Phoenix project could rise from its own ashes after an independent developer offered a new vision for the troubled housing complex

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“Obviously, like many people, I have gone out and figured the thing out for myself, so I do have housing for the Olympic period.”

He added: “I am still trying to understand what sales levels we can expect for the Olympic period to determine how many staff I am going to need.”

Despite these roadblocks, the Phoenix II group remains passionate about getting the re-fabricated homes up as soon as possible.

“We are hoping to solve this problem, and we are part of a larger group that is willing to make it happen,” said Ponce de Leon.

He stressed that a big difference between his group and SG Blocks is that they have an exist strategy. After July 2010, the modular homes will be sold to another city in British Columbia, likely Revelstoke or Fort St. John.

Also this time around, the housing will also be built entirely within Canada, since the units will be fabricated in Richmond and Squamish.

“This is a Canadian solution for a Canadian need. We do not have to outsource anything, and we will keep the jobs here,” he said.

Ponce de Leon had made his career building modular housing, and his resume includes building portable homes for the petroleum rig industry in the Columbian jungle. In 2006, he also tried to build a temporary lodge for Vancouver’s Olympic employees.

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