Delta council on Monday gave final approval for a two-phase, 198-unit non-market housing redevelopment in Ladner.
The project for seniors, families and inclusive housing for persons with intellectual disabilities will be located at 4603, 4625 and 4649 Evergreen Lane.
It is a development by Affordable Housing Societies and will have rents set at levels affordable for households with low, moderate and middle incomes.
This project involves consolidating and redeveloping the properties with the first phase including 130 seniors housing units in a four-storey apartment building on the north portion of the site. There will be 10 units which would be made available for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The second phase includes 68 family housing units in a 48-unit four-storey apartment building and a 20-unit three storey townhouse building on the southern portion of the site.
Each phase would contain one level of under-building parking accessed from Evergreen Lane.
According to a Delta staff report two years ago, Affordable Housing Societies has been in operation since 1982 as an owner and manager of rental housing for low and moderate income families, seniors, singles and couples. They represent the largest, private non-profit housing society in Canada providing a range of housing options for residents within Metro Vancouver.
For over two years they had been working on a plan for the redevelopment on its properties on Evergreen Lane and funding for the project has been secured through BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund.
Prior to making a formal application, Affordable Housing Societies and their consultant engaged in a pre-application review with Delta to refine aspects of the proposal.
Although she also voted in favour of granting final approval this week, Coun. Lois Jackson expressed reservations about having so many units “crammed” into one area, saying it makes it difficult to create a sustainable community.
Other council members described it as a fantastic project.