A rendering depicting BC Housing's plans to transform a warehouse on Russell Street – currently being used as a temporary shelter facilility operated by the Our Place Society – into a 40-unit supportive housing project. BC Housing / Christine Lintott Architect
Vic West's Russell Street shelter re-envisioned as 40-unit supportive housing complex
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA
Published September 27, 2021
A homeless shelter on Russell Street in Victoria’s Vic West neighbourhood will be transformed into 40 supportive homes with construction to begin by mid-2023, if plans outlined by BC Housing are approved.
BC Housing, as part of a community information session held in July, says it plans to submit a formal rezoning application to the City of Victoria this fall. The agency is seeking approvals to transform a warehouse facility at 225 Russell Street, currently being used as a homeless shelter, into a residential complex managed by Victoria’s Our Place Society. A public hearing is anticipated by summer of 2022.
BC Housing opened the Russell Street shelter on a temporary basis in the spring of 2021 with Our Place Society acting as the operator. The warehouse was sold to BC Housing earlier in the year for over $9 million, a price which reportedly includes its renovation from industrial to residential uses.
Pending approvals, completion is targeted for mid-2024.
|Renderings depicting interiors of BC Housing's plans for a repurposing of the Russell Street homeless shelter into supportive housing units. The top rendering is a vision for the top floor walkway or corridor, with the bottom rendering showing 225 Russell Street's future entrance. BC Housing / Christine Lintott Architect |
Designed by Christine Lintott Architect, the envisioned re-purposing of the warehouse will feature glassed and open air walkway spaces atop the complex, small self-contained studio units for residents, a communal laundry and lounge, a reception area with 24/7 resident supports, and an outdoor garden fronting Russell Street. Surface parking will also be included for approximately a dozen vehicles.
BC Housing's initiative will be one of two supportive residences earmarked for Vic West, with a facility at 865 Catherine Street
in its early stages of construction following a recent demolition of a single-storey commercial building. The 45-unit Catherine Street building will be managed by the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society. C
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