Construction is now underway on a new 90-unit affordable housing development in the District of North Vancouver.
Located at 267 Orwell St. near the Phibbs bus exchange, the six-storey, wood-frame building will replace two aging single-family homes.
Named Salal Apartments, the project will provide one-, two- and three-bedroom homes for moderate- and low-income individuals and families, as well as outdoor amenity spaces, including play areas and community gardens.
The development is a partnership between the provincial and federal governments, the District of North Vancouver, Sanford Affordable Housing Society and Hollyburn Community Services Society.
Sanford Affordable Housing Society will operate the new homes, which are expected to be complete in fall 2023. District of North Vancouver Mayor Mike Little said he is proud to work with BC Housing, Sanford Affordable Housing Society and Hollyburn Community Services Society on this much-needed project.
“We’ve heard clear support for affordable housing in the district, and we’re pleased to be able to offer an option so residents can remain in our community in housing they can afford,” he said.
Half of the units will have rent geared to income, where rent is 30% of the tenant’s income. Some of the units will be rented to people with very low incomes, such as those receiving income or disability assistance. Others will be at or below market rent.
Hollyburn Community Services Society will work with Sanford Affordable Housing Society on tenant selection.
“Hollyburn Community Services Society is very excited to be breaking ground on this much-needed affordable housing development,” said Nanette Taylor, executive director, Hollyburn Community Services Society.