Oak Bay Lodge vote postponed

Vote on Lodge's redevelopment held over for one week

A poor sound system forced the Oak Bay Lodge discussion to be postponed another week.

With close to 200 people crowding the council chamber, and those near the back of the overflow area unable to hear the discussion, Mayor Christopher Causton made the decision to postpone.

The meeting will reconvene at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Monterey Recreation Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave.

The Vancouver Island Health Authority and Baptist Housing want to demolish the Lodge and build a 320-bed, six-storey facility for seniors with dementia who require complex care.

In order to move forward they need a variance to reduce the number of parking spaces from 320 to 107, as well as a variance for height.

Baptist Housing CEO Howard Johnson told council that they arranged financing for the project in early 2009, and the lender has held the funds aside for the project since then however, has indicated that it is unable to hold the funds aside after Dec. 31.