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Brentwood Bay strip mall to make way for 105-unit affordable housing complex

A proposal for a five-storey affordable rental complex with a ground floor commercial unit could replace a strip mall at Brentwood Bay's Roundabout Square shopping plaza. If approved, the project will deliver over 100 rental apartments to the Central Saanich community.  Verdier Commons

Brentwood Bay strip mall to make way for 105-unit affordable housing complex
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
A popular strip mall in Brentwood Bay’s town centre is poised to make way for a 105-unit affordable housing project.
 
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Developer Verdier Commons Ltd., as part of an application through BC Housing's and the Capital Region Housing Corporation's Housing First Program, have applied to the District of Central Saanich with plans to erect a mixed-use residential and commercial building at 1183 Verdier Avenue as part of a multi-phased development known as Roundabout Square.
 
The five-storey lowrise will include a single commercial unit at the building’s northeast corner with frontage onto a traffic roundabout at Verdier Avenue and West Saanich Road.
 
Residences will be comprised of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom layouts, with parking for the rental complex and Roundabout Square’s other commercial buildings totalling nearly 150 stalls.
 
Tenants at the strip mall, which include a Great Canadian Dollar Store and an independent cafe, will be required to relocate in order to make way for construction.
 
The project follows in the footsteps of The Parsons at Brentwood, an affordable rental building developed by the Greater Victoria Housing Society and completed earlier in the year along West Saanich Road at Stellys Cross Road.
 
Rising to four-storeys, The Parsons represents the first affordable rentals to be built in Central Saanich in recent years, and includes several dozen studio and one-bedroom residences with a number of suites catering to seniors.
 
Affordable workforce housing was also built last year in the Town of Sidney on Fourth Street in that community’s downtown core. The five-storey Aranza, with over 50 homes, was developed by the Greater Victoria Rental Development Society and includes a childcare facility as part of its ground floor space.
 
Another affordable housing effort, eyed for a property along Central Saanich’s East Saanich Road corridor, has yet to proceed following a positive reception from the municipality. It is unclear if that project, formerly a partnership between Stride Properties and the Greater Victoria Housing Society, will continue on to construction in its current format. C

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