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Over 250-units of affordable housing slated for Victoria's Westshore by 2019

Artist's rendering of 330 Goldstream Avenue, a 104-unit affordable housing development earmarked for the Colwood Corners area of the Westshore. 330 Goldstream is one of three active affordable housing developments on Colwood and Langford that will deliver over 250-units of below-market rental housing by 2019.  Cascadia Architects/Greater Victoria Housing Society

Over 250-units of affordable housing slated for Victoria's Westshore by 2019
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12 outdated units at Colwood Lakes will be displaced to make way for the Helios development.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 in Colwood.
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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