New 192-unit development announced by BC Housing for Prince Rupert – Prince Rupert Northern View
A new 192 affordable housing complex in Prince Rupert is being planned and developed, BC Housing announced on June 2.
The proposed complex will replace the existing 106 townhouses located on McKay up to Sloan Avenue, currently known as Harbor View Gardens.
Due to the age of the townhouses built in 1976 and the millions of dollars required for repair, redevelopment of the site to create additional modern and more efficient housing is proposed.
The project will be a “drop-off” property owned by BC Housing available to the general public who financially qualify for the units. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 and will take place over the next five to seven years, with tenants moving into the blocks as they are completed.
Sheryl Peters, Provincial Director of Redevelopment of the BC Housing Development Strategies Team, said The view from the north that they worked with the current 66 tenants to relocate them for the development phase.
“The intention is never to move the people who live there … The intention is that anyone who has lived there, at the time of demolition will be offered the right of first refusal to revert to their rental contract”, said Peters, with help from BC Housing. with moving costs to keep everything affordable.
Conceptual plans for the redevelopment of the property include a new on-site playground, an increased number of family-oriented units in the community, with some bedrooms, and at least five percent of the units will be accessible by taking account of physical capacities and aging -in place.
BC Housing will also help with local off-site improvements to the grounds and playground across the street around the dog park.
“The aim was to modernize the buildings, as they are quite old, to a one-for-one replacement, and what that means is that if it was a one-bedroom, it will be replaced by a one-for-one. one bedroom and one two bedrooms for a two bedroom.
She said that although the units are all ground oriented now, with the new construction some units may be in an apartment configuration. The units will be built as sustainable units with greener concepts and energy efficiency.
BC Housing wants to engage tenants and the local neighborhood in constructive feedback and information sharing. BC Housing has been working with tenants for over a year to communicate and raise awareness about the redevelopment and what they want to see about it.
“We want to be a good corporate citizen and make sure our redevelopment plan includes some community consultation,” said Peters.
“We’re trying to make the whole site, not just the built form, much more family friendly. We therefore seek to receive feedback.
An online tenant meeting will be held on June 3 at 6 p.m. with an online community meeting scheduled for June 8, for local neighbors to attend and provide constructive feedback. To register for either meeting, participants should send an email to: [email protected]
The current designs are conceptual and schematic, which means that after the public engagement sessions, any suggestions or improvements can be considered and refined as needed, Peters said.
“Then before we submit to the city, we’ll get back to the audience and let them know how their comments changed the design. “
A rezoning application will be submitted to the City over the summer months, Peters said, which is necessary to cope with increased density and some height variations.
KJ Millar | Journalist
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