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25 and 29-storey Dunford Crossing proposal in Langford could kickstart city's new Attainable Housing Program

A rendering of Jagpal Development's 25 and 29-storey Dunford Crossing towers proposed for Dunford Avenue at Jacklin Road in Langford on Victoria's West Shore. If built, the towers will rise as the West Shore's tallest buildings.  Jagpal Development

25 and 29-storey Dunford Crossing proposal in Langford could kickstart city's new Attainable Housing Program
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
The City of Langford’s skyline appears poised for more change as an additional two highrise towers are now before municipal planners which, if approved and built as envisioned, could deliver more than 350-units of housing and yield the West Shore’s tallest buildings.
 
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Dunford Crossing, from Metro Vancouver-based Jagpal Development, is planned to rise along the 900-block of Dunford Avenue at Jacklin Road at heights of 25 and 29-storeys, effectively eclipsing the 24-storey Langford Central and 22-storey Langford Gateway towers announced last year for Scafe and Peatt roads in downtown Langford, respectively.
 
According to plans submitted to the City of Langford, the 29-storey highrise will front Jacklin Road and Dunford Avenue. Its shorter 25-storey sibling will be situated further west along Dunford Avenue. Currently five single-family-dwellings are situated across the project site’s five assembled parcels at 904-914 Dunford Avenue.
 
Jagpal’s plans depict two levels of underground parking, plus three levels of above-ground parking behind lobby and commercial uses on the ground floors of both the east and west towers. The above-ground stalls would be masked by an architectural design similar to that of the residential levels above.
 
Commercial spaces will be spread across multiple retail units within both towers delivering a combined total of over 11,000 square feet.
 
Among its 350-plus units of one and two-bedroom homes, multiple residences at Dunford Crossing will take part in the City of Langford’s newly-crafted Attainable Housing Program (AHP) geared towards helping middle income earners afford a home in Greater Victoria amid the region’s rapidly escalating real-estate prices.
 
According to Langford Mayor Stew Young, the terms of the program limit participating residences to a $450,000 maximum price, for which the City of Langford will contribute up to 75% of a 5% down payment on behalf of eligible purchasers.
 
Langford’s AHP was announced in late 2021 and has a target of assisting 250 local families.
 
At a height of 29-storeys, Dunford Crossing’s tallest tower will stand higher than the City of Victoria’s Hudson Place One condominium, currently the tallest building on Vancouver Island at a height of 25-storeys. However, both Hudson Place One and Dunford Crossing may be out-competed by Starlight Developments’ proposal for a 32-storey rental highrise along the 900-block of Yates Street in downtown Victoria. Starlight’s development is expected to go before Victoria council at a public hearing this spring. C
 
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