Friday, May 17, 2024

70 new affordable homes for families and seniors coming to Saanich


Another wave of construction is coming to Saanich. 

The BC government announced the construction of 70 new affordable homes—aiming to provide relief for seniors, families, and people living with disabilities. 

This new development is the next stage of the Nigel Valley housing redevelopment plan, and is located at 856 Nigel Avenue—the five-storey apartment building with a total of 800 housing units.

As stated, 70 of those units will be dedicated to people with low or moderate incomes and are a mix of studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes. Four of the units will be wheelchair accessible, while the remaining units are universally designed so they can be used by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability.

“These new homes will offer welcome relief for people in the Saanich area, especially families and people living with disabilities, who want to be able to live affordably in the community they know and love,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. 

“I’m excited to see doors open on these homes, and others underway through the Nigel Valley redevelopment, as I know they will create a connected, caring community.”

Nigel Valley has a $250-million funding commitment, making it the largest investment in affordable housing in Vancouver Island’s history.

The 70 new homes will be operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society (GVHS), which will also have office space in the building.

“This is how we work to address the pressing need for more affordable housing in Saanich – through a collaborative approach with a broad range of partners,” said Dean Murdock, mayor of Saanich. 

“When these new rental units are completed, they will provide homes for people who have struggled to find housing that meets their needs, at a price they can afford.”

The Nigel Valley project is part of a $19-billion housing investment by the BC government. Since 2017, nearly 77,000 homes have been built or are underway throughout the province, including nearly 550 homes in Saanich.

Construction for Nigel Valley is expected to be complete by early 2026.

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