Habitat for Humanity has cancelled its development application for a property located at 2008 Murray Road.
Habitat Victoria had planned to create a multi-family development with 12 family-oriented housing units intended to provide affordable home ownership to lower income families through their unique Homeownership Program.
“Habitat for Humanity Victoria recently made the decision to not move forward with its development application for 2008 Murray Road at this time,” wrote Yolanda Meijer, their Executive Director, to Sooke PocketNews. “Several factors contributed to this decision, most significantly timing issues for our charity with respect to other emerging projects. Habitat appreciates the support of the Sooke community to date and also extends our appreciation to local volunteers. We remain interested in working with the District of Sooke, the Sooke Lions, and community members in building affordable housing in the future.”
They had intended to purchase the property from its current owners, the Sooke Lions. Their purchase was dependent on a zoning amendment from Park to Town Centre, and a zoning change from Public Recreation (P-1) to Town Centre Townhouse Zone (RM-6). The lot is owned by the Sooke Lions, and it has been for sale for a few years now. The Lions were hoping to liquidate that asset so they can move forward (with financing) on other projects, including a Lions clubhouse.
At a recent open house, Habitat for Humanity faced significant vocal opposition from residents objecting to the rezoning, a matter that was up to local government, not Habitat for Humanity.
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