58-suite affordable seniors and family-oriented rental project eyed for Harriet Road corridor
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published November 6, 2019
The Gorge View Society has submitted an application to build a 58-unit seniors and family-oriented affordable housing project on its 5.5-acre 11 Chown Place property in Burnside-Gorge.
The proposal would be situated in the centre of the society’s parcel, which is one of the largest seniors housing communities on the south Island (situated along Harriet Road between Gorge Road East and Maddock Avenue East), albeit with one of the lowest densities.
Rising to four-storeys, 11 Chown Place has been envisioned to include 49 residences for seniors in the form of studio and one-bedroom apartments. An additional nine suites in two and three-bedroom layouts are targeted at families.
Chown Place’s existing 108 residences will not be impacted by the project, which is earmarked for a patch of green space partially utilized as a community garden.
As part of the landscape plan submitted to the City, green and garden space will be re-allocated adjacent to the new block with a 1,900 square foot lawn that will double as a play area while a duo of community gardens sized at 1,100 and 1,300 square feet will replace the existing plots.
The development effort is made possible with a $5.8 million contribution from BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund earmarked for affordable rental projects throughout the province, including multiple proposals already under construction or moving through the planning process in south Island communities.
With the proposal now before the City, approvals are anticipated by early 2020 with construction to follow at some point thereafter. The completion window is likely to land between 2021 and 2022. C
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