The CRHD is proposing a 73-unit affordable housing development at Mount View for $17.8 million.

The CRHD is proposing a 73-unit affordable housing development at Mount View for $17.8 million.

CRD proposes $17.8 million affordable housing on Carey Road

Monday open house invites community to see new 73-unit, four storey development for Mount View Heights

The Capital Region Housing Corporation is hosting an open house on Monday for a proposed 73-unit affordable housing building at 3816 Carey Rd.

The building would be the newest part of the Mount View Heights joint development, a series of separately run buildings on the former sight of Mount View High School that house affordable seniors, families and people with disabilities.

The proposal will cost about $17.8 million and will four storeys with 73 units and underground parking, designated for seniors, adults with disabilities, working singles and families. It will make a number of suites available to the Independent Living Housing Society, which may modify them to provide an opportunity for people with physical or developmental disabilities to live independently.

Applying to the provincial government for the funding has been an expedited process since the 2016 announcement of $355 million made available to create about 2,000 affordable rental housing inits in B.C. The CRD board approved the application CRHC motion on Dec. 6.

The eight acres that make up the Mount View Heights parcel was purchased and assembled by the Capital Regional Housing District from 2002 to 2007.

The housing project at 3816 Carey will be built and operated by the CRHC, which already operates Vergo, 18 affordable family townhouses. The CRD and CRHD own the land for the other buildings, the Olympic Vista, a 36-unit home for at-risk seniors run by the Cool Aid Society, Carey Place, an 55 affordable one-bedroom senior’s rental apartments run by Baptist Housing Society and The Heights, a seven-storey, 260-suite seniors residential and dementia care operated by Baptist Housing Society.

One remaining plot, at 3810 Carey Rd. is set for future development.

The open house will run Monday (March 13) from 3 to 7 p.m. in the commons of  Carey Place at 3812 Carey Rd.

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