Five non-profit housing societies have been selected to develop new affordable housing in downtown Richmond that is being built through a partnership between the Province and the City, the City announced in a press release issued Wednesday.
Turning Point Housing Society, Atira Women's Resource Society, Coast Mental Health, S.U.C.C.E.S.S Housing Society and Tikva Housing Society were selected as the result of a joint submission for an Expression of Interest call issued in March 2011. The Expression of Interest included an extensive evaluation process carried out by a committee with representatives from BC Housing and the City of Richmond, said the release.
The new development, with an estimated 130 units, will be located on a city-owned site at 8111 Granville Ave./8080 Anderson Rd. and offer a mix of affordable rental housing units as well as community amenity space. It is expected to be complete by spring 2015.
This project addresses major priorities of City of Richmond's Affordable Housing Strategy, according to the press release. As it is still in the early planning stages, the level of provincial contribution will be determined later in the process, once the plans and the full scope of the project are developed and proven viable.
The City of Richmond will contribute the city-owned site through a long-term lease to the societies at a nominal rate, in addition to specific city expertise, expedited review and process, and financial support.
The Province, City of Richmond and the non-profit housing societies led by Turning Point Housing Society will now work together to fully develop the plan for construction and services to be offered at the development. The public will be invited to provide input on the architectural form and character as part of the permit process.