On Friday morning, the provincial government announced that new affordable homes and childcare spaces are scheduled to begin construction in Langford before the end of the year.
80 affordable rental homes and 36 child care spaces are promised for Phase 2 of the Oak Park redevelopment project.
“The housing crisis has left too many people struggling to afford the basics in B.C. communities,” said Premier John Horgan in a news release.
“These new homes at Oak Park, with new child care spaces on site, are a model of the kind of project we are building throughout the province to address the housing crisis and make life better and more affordable for seniors and families.”
Phase 1 of the redevelopment saw the conversion of 13 townhouse units into a four-storey 73-unit apartment complex.
Phase 2 will follow a similar path, replacing the 12 remaining townhouse units with 80 units of affordable rental housing and a child care facility.
The child care facility will have full-time spaces for 12 infants and toddlers, and 24 spaces for three-to-five year olds. It will be operated by the Atira Women’s Resource Centre.
In total, the Oak Park redevelopment will provide 153 new affordable rental homes to the municipality. Construction of the $8 million project will be completed by Pacifica Housing and the City of Langford.
“Partnering with Pacifica Housing to provide safe, affordable housing for families with low or moderate incomes is a priority of Langford council,” said Langford mayor Stew Young.
“A project like Oak Park that includes affordable child care will set the groundwork to enable hard working families to move forward with less financial strain and more ability to realize future dreams.”
Earlier this month, the BC NDP government announced the construction of 4,900 new mixed-income rental homes across the province.
1,220 of these units are slated for Vancouver Island, 588 of which will be in Victoria.