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100 affordable seniors apartments eyed for Gordon Head

An artist's rendering depicts the proposed three-storey, 100-unit affordable seniors residence at 1550 Arrow Road. The complex is planned adjacent to an existing 80-unit affordable housing residence.  Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society.

100 affordable seniors apartments eyed for Gordon Head
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA

The Mount Douglas Seniors Housing Society is proposing a 100-unit affordable seniors residence at 1550 Arrow Road in Saanich’s Gordon Head neighbourhood.

The three-storey woodframe building is eyed for vacant land adjacent to the Society’s existing 80-unit seniors residence west of University Heights Shopping Centre. The project will offer a mix of studio and one-bedroom rental apartments, with layouts between 393 and 509 square feet, marketed at seniors earning incomes below $30,000 per annum.

Amenities will include a walking trail throughout the property, a central garden, a landscaped rain garden, 70 raised garden plots with a garden shed, a gazebo and an aviary adjacent to the walking trail.

A second development phase, consisting of 140 studio and one bedroom units in a split three- and four-storey building, would require the removal of the 80-unit residence. However, according to development documents filed with Saanich, the Society does not plan to move forward with the second phase for at least ten years.

Pending a successful rezoning expected later this year, construction could be underway by the end of 2016 or by mid-2017. C

 

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