Habitat for Humanity announces new project in Saanich

More affordable housing units will soon be available in Saanich, as Habitat for Humanity is set to begin work on a new townhouse complex

More affordable housing units will soon be available in Saanich, as Habitat for Humanity is set to begin work on a new townhouse complex in North Quadra.

The municipality identified a piece of surplus land at 4000 Cedar Hill Cross Rd. that would make for a good location for the next Habitat project, said Mayor Frank Leonard.

“Council has been very supportive of Habitat over the years, we’ve done other projects with them, so we have our radar up that when something comes up as surplus (property) we make them aware of it,” he said.

While the plan is still in its conceptual phase, Leonard says the housing will follow a Flex-Plex model: townhouse units with legal secondary suites in the basement.

“This is part of our affordable housing strategy. We also find this is a good model because it provides affordable housing with an equity opportunity for families,” Leonard said.

David McLean, chair of the Habitat for Humanity Victoria board, says their organization is thrilled to be working in Saanich again.

“Habitat Victoria’s last two builds, a duplex and a five-plex, were both in Saanich and we have an excellent working relationship with the council and staff,” he said. There are a total of eight Habitat projects already constructed in Saanich.

Habitat for Humanity will still have to present its design and plans to Saanich council for approval before construction can begin.

Low-income families selected for a Habitat home must put in 500 hours of labour building the structure, and are sold the house through an interest-free mortgage.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit habitatvictoria.com.

kslavin@saanichnews.com

 

 

Just Posted

Sensitive Santa brings patient holiday cheer to Tillicum Centre

Those who need more time with Santa can book a session ahead starting Nov. 19

B.C. mom, kids on bike turned away from Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

The Salvation Army rings in Christmas Kettle Campaign in Victoria

Goal is to raise $250,000 this year for Vancouver Island residents needing support

Body found in Central Saanich waste recycling facility deemed non-suspicious

Coroners Service investigating circumstances of death

Saanich mom on a bike turned away in Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Port Alberni rallies for mill workers

Fundraisers helping ease the sting of five months without work

Island student lobbies school board for dress code consistency

Jaylene Kuo contacted school trustees after seeing dress guidelines at brother’s school

Most Read