Site C Affordable Housing land chosen, sale pending: BC Housing

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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Housing is now taking the next steps towards breaking ground on the Site C Affordable Housing project.

A spokesperson with BC Housing says they originally issued a request for information back in March of 2015. The proposed site is at 9404 93 Avenue.

 “BC Housing publicly issued a Request for Information on March 6, 2015, encouraging proponents to submit information about a potential development site suitable for the proposed housing development.”

The City then gave information in response to this request for information. BC Housing says the plot was selected because of the location.

“The location was selected based on its central location within the city-centre of Fort St. John, its proximity to services and suitability to the development of a 50 unit affordable housing project.”

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BC Housing says they have made an offer to buy the land from the City. They are working with BC Hydro as well on the project.

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“The offer is subject to the successful completion of the public notice of disposition period required by the City.

In anticipation of the workforce housing needs during Site C construction, and its impact on the rental market in Fort St. John, BC Housing has partnered with BC Hydro and the City of Fort St John on this 50-unit multi-family affordable rental housing project.”

They say the sale is also dependant on BC Housing concluding “due diligence” which they are expecting will take several months.

When asked when they expect to start building the housing, BC Housing says that will depend on when the sale of the land is complete. The land has to be zoned. The current zoning is C3 (commercial business zone) and the site will be zoned to RM2 (high density residential). BC Hydro has engaged BC Housing to take the lead on the development and operation of the housing units.

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If all goes to plan, BC Housing expects to break ground in Spring of 2017.

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