Seniors and families in Langford will benefit from new affordable homes and child care spaces as part of Phase 2 of the Oak Park redevelopment funded by the Province’s Building BC: Community Housing Fund.
The Phase 2 funding will add another 80 new affordable rental homes and 36 child care spaces. Premier Horgan made the announcement at the grand opening of Phase 1, which added 73 new homes.
The $8 million in funding for Phase 2 are part of the Province’s new Building BC: Community Housing Fund, a $1.9-billion investment over 10 years to build more than 14,000 affordable rental homes for middle-income households, seniors and people with low incomes. The first set of projects, announced on Nov. 13, 2018, includes 4,902 homes in 42 communities throughout B.C. to be built over the next two to three years.
The child care facility, operated by Atira Women’s Resource Centre, is planned to provide full-time spaces for 12 infants and toddlers and 24 spaces for three- to five-year-olds.
The Oak Park redevelopment will be completed in partnership with Pacifica Housing and the City of Langford, and will provide 153 new affordable rental homes for low- to moderate-income individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities.
Oak Park is one of Pacifica Housing’s 26 subsidized housing properties in the Capital Regional District and Nanaimo Regional District.
Construction of Phase 2 is expected to start before the end of this year.
- Phase 1 of the redevelopment included replacing 13 townhouse units with a four-storey 73-unit apartment complex.
- Phase 2 will include replacing the remaining 12 townhouse units with 80 units of affordable rental housing and the child care facility.
- Tenants from the first 13 units moved into neighbouring Pacifica-operated properties. The tenants from the remaining 12 now live in the building built during Phase 1.
- The Province invested $15.5 million in capital costs toward the Oak Park redevelopment:
- Phase 1: $7.5 million through the Investment in Housing Innovation program
- Phase 2: $8 million through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund
- The City of Langford is contributing:
- $100,000 from its affordable housing fund; and
- $788,065 in municipal reductions.
- Pacifica Housing is providing the land valued at $3.15 million.
- Phase 2 of the Oak Park redevelopment is one of 72 projects recently selected for funding through the Community Housing Fund, with 20 of those on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.
- The Community Housing Fund was announced as part of Budget 2018, which launched the largest investment in housing affordability in B.C.’s history – more than $7 billion over 10 years.
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