A new mixed-use housing development is under construction at the former Tally Ho property in Victoria.

Located at 3020 Douglas Street and 584 Burnside Road East, the Crosstown development project will provide 100 affordable rental homes for individuals, seniors, and families and 54 supportive homes for people experiencing homelessness.

The rental housing will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes for people with moderate and low income, and either studio or one-bedroom homes will be provided for supportive housing residents.

Victoria Cool Aid Society partnered with the City of Victoria using a provincial investment of $28.2 million.

In addition, a new child care facility with 36 new spaces is intended to open, operated by Beacon Community Services.

On the supportive housing side, Cool Aid Society will provide on-site support for individuals needing daily meals, life-skills training, employment assistance and counselling, physical and mental health resources, and access to treatment and recovery services.

Current residents at the Cool-Aid run Tally Ho temporary housing facility will have the option of moving to the new facility.

“Crosstown is a fantastic example of the kind of innovation and forward thinking we need in the housing sector in order to make lasting change,” CEO of Victoria Cool Aid Society, Kathy Stinson, said.

“A combination of affordable and supportive housing, along with commercial space and a child care centre, will create the kind of environment in which everyone who lives, works and plays there has the opportunity to thrive. We are truly excited to see this vision becoming a reality.”
The development will include commercial space, a coffee shop and a public plaza.

The units will be finished by winter 2023.

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