LNG Canada will be the anchor tenant in the Haisla Nation’s new mixed use development being built in downtown Kitimat.
The Shell-led consortium has signed a ten-year deal with the Haisla which will see it lease a single residential building in the complex.
The Haisla Nation says the building will contain a mix of one and two bedroom units and will form the first phase of the development.
Haisla Town Centre will eventually see two more residential buildings, an office building, hotel, and restaurant.
Chief Councillor Ellis Ross says they are very happy to sign the agreement with LNG Canada, calling it a strong next step forward in the Haisla’s business plan and economic growth.
Ross says the LNG Canada project will offer long-term economic and employment benefits to the Haisla which will dramatically improve social conditions in his community.
LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz says the agreement will give his firm access to much needed new residential space and reflects their commitment to working with the community to minimize housing impacts the LNG project may have.
Excavation for the first residential building at the site began in April with completion scheduled for late 2016.