Saint John Portland MLA Trevor Holder says the new Y going up in the North end is not being built at the expense of affordable housing for the 60 families that used to live there.
Holder tells CHSJ News there is one approved project that is taking longer to get started but it will happen on Churchill Boulevard.
He says it's scheduled to be constructed across the street from the new Y and both projects will compliment each other.
Holder adds the original Cresvent Valley re-development plan created by those who live there includes affordable housing but also employment counseling and a daycare which the new Y facility will provide.
He says the families displaced when their old homes were torn down were placed in homes but have the option to move back once the new building opens on Churchill Boulevard.