A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)

A rendering shows the Linwood Avenue entrance of a 97-unit seniors’ complex coming to Saanich. (Image by ZGF Architects Inc.)

Saanich greenlights 97-unit seniors’ housing complex

Development to have ‘positive impact’ on community, economy, councillor says

A seniors’ housing complex with 97 units has been approved by Saanich.

After several years of planning, council unanimously approved a rezoning request for the four-storey development proposed for 3200 Linwood Ave. on June 16. The complex, owned by Baptist Housing Society, will replace Linwood Court, an existing 29-suite walk-up.

The development was first proposed in 2016 but work was paused and a revised proposal was submitted to the District in 2018.

READ ALSO: New Saanich development provides options for people struggling to find housing

Council greenlit the proposal because there is a “high demand for seniors’ housing in the region,” Coun. Ned Taylor told Black Press Media. He feels the housing complex will have a positive impact on the community as it will bring “much-needed affordable housing in an area that makes sense.” He noted the development fits the neighbourhood and residents will be able to access transit and walk to nearby businesses with ease.

The complex – located along the border of Saanich and Victoria near Mayfair Shopping Centre – will include more than 50 parking spaces, various patios and balconies, a shared laundry facility and a guest suite for family and friends of residents.

Taylor added the project is expected to help boost the economic recovery of the region. The financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt around the world and Taylor noted the seniors’ housing complex will create jobs during construction and, once residents move in, bring business to nearby shops and restaurants.

READ ALSO: Saanich council consents to CRD borrowing $10M extra for Regional Housing First Program

According to a report submitted to council in February, BC Housing has committed to purchasing $11,000,000 worth of suites – about one-third of the units – through the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation. In an email to the District in April, the architect explained BC Housing-owned suites would be rented at a reduced rate – about $830 per month – and the rest would be rented for between $1,100 t0 $1,450 per month depending on size.

According to the architect, existing residents of Linwood Court have been made aware of the development and they’ll be required to move during construction. According to the report, 19 residents have been moved to other Baptist Housing properties and the rest will be given four months’ notice with the last month being rent-free. These residents will be invited to return when construction is complete.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

District of Saanichseniors housing

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Don Devenney is a Goldstream Gazette 2021 Local Hero as Community Builder of the year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
West Shore volunteer’s efforts an exercise in adventurous pursuits

Don Devenney is the 2021 recipient of the Community Builder Award

Sergeant Francis Dion with the box containing HMCS Calgary’s new secret mascot costume. (HMCSNCSMCalgary/Facebook)
The value of new construction in North Saanich topped $52.1 million in 2020 (Peninsula News Review)
Value of new construction in North Saanich topped $52.1 million in 2020

New figures also show 25 per cent increase in number of new secondary suites

This rendering shows plans for the new “flyover”overpass connecting northbound traffic on Highway 17 heading west on Keating Cross Road. Plans currently seeking public input propose two options for the median along Keating Cross Road. Option 1 will prevent left turns onto Tamany Drive and Buena Vista Road. Option 2 (seen here)will allow for left turns onto Tamany Drive and Bujena Vista Road. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Public asked for comment on proposed overpass for Pat Bay in Central Saanich

New flyover overpass proposed for Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Strong winds predicted for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issues warning for Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen as COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Most Read