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KinVillage rental apartment building project approved

Delta’s Housing Needs Assessment identified the need for affordable rental and seniors housing
The KinVillage Association is planning to transform the entire site over several phases. Receiving the final go-ahead from the city, the first project is a 152-unit rental apartment building.

Delta council has granted final approval for a major redevelopment at KinVillage in Tsawwassen.

The first phase of an overall master plan for the site, the rezoning application involves the construction of a four-to-six storey seniors' affordable rental apartment building with 152 units.

Located on 54A Street, the rental building includes three rent classifications: rent-geared-to-income units (50 percent of units), affordable market rentals (30 percent of units), and deep subsidy rentals (20 percent of units) with indoor amenity spaces, common balcony spaces and laundry rooms on each floor.

Council granted preliminary approval last year, but asked for several modifications to the proposal, including changing the design of most of the units to provide direct access between the primary bedroom and bathroom.

All suites and common building areas, including the Day Program for Older Adults area, will include air conditioning.

“We can confirm that every suite will have air conditioning, as will all building common areas, including amenity spaces, administrative and office spaces, and the Day Program for Older Adults. KinVillage ensures the comfort and safety of their residents are held to the highest standard. Further, as a BC Housing funded project we are required to meet certain thresholds related to thermal comfort,” KinVillage CEO Dan Levitt wrote to the city this summer.

The project’s site currently contains KinVillage’s North Court building, which is to be demolished when the new facility is completed.

The proponent told council that an analysis determined the development would have no significant impact on traffic and the available parking would meet the future demand of facility residents and visitors.

The development is being funded and financed through BC Housing's Community Housing Fund.

Council in 2019 approved an Official Community Plan amendment for the long-term expansion vision for the entire site.

The site currently contains five buildings ranging in height from one to three storeys.

KinVillage currently operates 310 affordable rental units for seniors, including 68 in assisted living and 100 in residential care, as well as a community centre.

A total of 798 units are planned in the re-development, comprising 544 seniors’ rental housing units, 119 units in congregate care and 135 community care beds.

The development would be phased in over 10-to-15 years.

The next phases would include a new residential care facility, after which time the current residential care facility, would be torn down.

The current KinVillage Community Centre is to be closed in about 10 years, but Delta has a master plan for the adjacent Winskill Park that envisions a replacement centre being built as part of future park redevelopment.