The construction of a new townhouse in New Bern will be complete by the end of the year, and the construction crew is already in place, the New Brunswick Government said Monday.
The new construction project in the village of Dunns will have a residential component, and a commercial component.
The work will be completed by the spring of 2018.
In April, the government released a request for proposals for the project.
The project will have two phases, said New Bern Mayor John Whelan.
The first phase will include two residential units.
The second phase will involve a commercial building, he said.
A total of six residential units will be built, and three commercial units will also be built.
The townhouse will include a restaurant and grocery store, as well as a two-bedroom apartment.
The site has been vacant since a fire in the early 2000s.
The village was purchased by the New Bern Fire Department in 2010.
The community has had a history of poverty.
The area is home to about 15 families, said John Withers, mayor of Dunnes.
“I’m just thrilled with the news,” Witherson said.
“This is the start of something really good in the town.”