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300-units of affordable seniors and workforce rentals planned for West Saanich Road at Keating Cross Road in Central Saanich

A rendering of 6811 West Saanich Road, a three-building affordable housing proposal for seniors, families and workers. Two buildings will cater to seniors and one will rise as affordable workforce housing.  TL Housing Solutions

300-units of affordable seniors and workforce rentals planned for West Saanich Road at Keating Cross Road in Central Saanich
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Approximately 300-units of affordable seniors and workforce housing have been proposed for the 6800-block of West Saanich Road in the District of Central Saanich.
 
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Developer TL Housing Solutions, on behalf of the South Vancouver Island Housing Society, has submitted plans to the district for a three-building, three phase project that could deliver some 230 homes for seniors, including 30-units for seniors requiring memory care, and between 60 and 70-units of workforce housing across four properties on West Saanich Road at Kersey Road near the intersection of West Saanich Road and Keating Cross Road.
 
According to the site plan, two of the three buildings will centre on a private green space, while workforce housing will rise south of them adjacent to a Co-op gas station and a commercial building. Parking will be in the form of underground and surface stalls. 
 
Central Saanich is in the midst of its Official Community Plan (OCP) review, and as part of that effort TL Housing Solution’s concept will be assessed in-keeping with the municipality’s vision for growth and densification patterns. The development site, consisting of three parcels along West Saanich Road and one along Kersey Road, is currently outside of the Urban Containment Settlement Boundary and will require an OCP amendment to transition out of a rural land-use designation.
 
The municipal process, including input from the Capital Regional District, is anticipated to extend into late 2021 or early 2022, according to a TL Housing Solutions representative.
 
Multiple residential projects are currently working their way through the civic process in Central Saanich, one of three municipalities of Victoria’s Saanich Peninsula region.
 
A stone’s throw to the south of 6811 West Saanich Road is a mixed-use commercial and residential proposal at the site of Sassy’s Family Restaurant on West Saanich Road at Keating Cross Road. Further north an affordable rental complex is proposed in Brentwood Bay’s commercial core at West Saanich Road and Verdier Avenue. On Stellys Cross Road within the Tsartlip First Nation is a multi-building effort currently underway that will deliver some 200-units of apartments. Along East Saanich Road in Saanichton a duo of buildings are planned for Prosser Road in Saanichton not far from the redevelopment of Central Saanich's medical clinic on Wallace Drive at Mt. Newton Cross Road into commercial space and housing. A senior care project, meanwhile, is slated for East Saanich Road at Island View Road. C
 
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