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Mayor and developers break ground on 235 ‘much-needed’ rental units in Central Saanich


A new community of 235 purpose-built rental homes will soon be coming to Central Saanich right along the Lochside Trail.

Mayor Ryan Windsor was on hand on Thursday, December 15th to help Starlight Developments break ground on the housing project. Starlight’s aim with this project is to bring progressive homes to the region in a time when housing options are at an all time low. 

The building dubbed ‘Bella Vista’ located at 2515 Hackett Crescent will be warmly welcomed into the Marigold Lands neighbourhood upon completion.

It will be situated beside the Marigold Café on the grounds Marigold Nursery occupied for 53 years until its rezoning in 2017.

“We are proud to be starting construction on this exciting new rental community and are humbled to be able to play a role in the growth and expansion of Central Saanich,” said Josh Kaufman, Vice President and Head of Development and Construction, Starlight Developments. 

Starlight says that the project will be comprised of two, six-storey buildings with electric vehicles (EV) and e-bike chargers, shared decks for all residents on the roof-top, a gym, lounge and a common area courtyard. 

The buildings will also be pet-friendly and there will be a “dog run” on site.

One unique thing the Bella Vista will offer residents is in addition to offering parking spaces to renters, they will offer bus passes and up to $5,000 in Modo Car share memberships

“At Starlight, we are committed to the development of first-class, complete communities that provide the best in amenities and services to those who will call Bella Vista home,” said Kaufman.

“We have been aided in this goal by the hard-working staff at city council and within the municipal government at every step of the way and are thankful for their continued support.”

According to Starlight, this project will fulfill 42% of Central Saanich’s rental home commitments to its community. 

Eight of the new buildings’ units will be dedicated affordable housing and the designs include space for retailers on the ground level.

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