Over 250-units of affordable housing slated for Victoria's Westshore by 2019
Published September 13, 2017
Over 250-units of affordable rental housing are coming to Victoria’s Westshore region as local housing agencies move on development proposals.
Currently underway in Langford along the 600-block of Goldstream Avenue is Pacifica Housing’s Oak Park
development comprised of 73 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a four-storey complex.
Development partner TL Housing Solutions, an affordable housing subsidiary of Hudson District developer Townline, confirms Oak Park is likely to include a second phase of housing that will bring the total number of units to approximately 160. A timeline for the second phase, however, is not yet available.
To make way for construction Pacifica re-housed ten families living at Oak Park’s existing 25-unit multi-building property. Once the new-build apartment is completed by mid-to-late 2018, displaced residents will have the opportunity to relocate back to Oak Park.
The organization’s second active project on the Westshore is Helios
in Colwood, a four-storey, 82-unit studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartment slated for the Colwood Lakes community along the 2000-block of Sooke Road opposite the entrance to Royal Roads University.
Helios will target median income-earning lone-parent households, two-parent families with children, singles, persons with disabilities and seniors.
12 outdated units at Colwood Lakes will be displaced to make way for the Helios development. Re-housed tenants will have the opportunity to move back to Colwood Lakes upon completion of Helios by late 2018.
A third project, expected to get underway next year with occupancy by mid-to-late 2019, is Greater Victoria Housing Society’s 104-unit proposal at 330 Goldstream Avenue
The six-storey building, still awaiting final approvals from the municipality, will be situated behind Colwood’s newly-built Pacific Centre for Wellbeing
. Units types are expected to mirror those of Oak Park and Helios.
Designed to international Passive House standards, 330 Goldstream will benefit from an ultra-energy efficient method of construction that minimizes a building's carbon footprint, reduces operating costs and creates healthier living environments for residents. The Passive House standard is also being utilized as part of the Society's 54-unit Townley Place
affordable housing development proposed for Saanich. C
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