New Affordable Housing Project for Spruce Street
Architectural rendering of new housing project –
Prince George, B.C.- Developers of a three story multi- residential building proposed for Spruce Street in Prince George, has been granted a variance to reduce required parking for their project.
The project is a three storey, 27 unit building for seniors and not for profit housing. Although being operated by the Aboriginal Housing Society, tenancy will be open to anyone.
Normally, such a building with that many units would need 31 parking stalls, but the developers want that reduced to 17, saying many seniors no longer have vehicles and most services are within a 15 minute walk.
There is government funding for the capital development, but not for operational costs, so developers are thinking the rent will be “geared to income” in order to cover those operating costs.
One area resident expressed some concerns about the lack of parking stalls at the development, adding parking pressure to other residents in the area. Should there be parking pressure in residential areas as a result of the development, the City would likely introduce residential parking permits.
Mayor Hall says the project is one of several in the City which will provide a variety of affordable housing options. He points to the Riverbend project, the new townhouses to be constructed at the Elizabeth Fry housing behind Studio 2880 and now this one as examples of options available for those facing housing challenges..
Council has unanimously approved the parking variance .
It is good to see new development happening in this area of the city. “Spruce” things up in the area.
Where do you live? The area got Spruced down by the City sending all of its problems to the area. Thanks a lot.
Interesting that seniors may not have that many cars. I wonder whether their visitors have fewer cars as well.
My mother is 92 and drove until she was 90, passed her examination, and gave the car up voluntarily.
Is there anything which prevents the facility from switching to a “non-senior” development?
Then again, maybe we need to have permitted street parking. Makes us feel like a big city … ;-)
So, will the residents at least get a nice sized gardening area? Or do they also not garden?
Maybe they can start a cannibis garden, since it was suggested each household was going to be allowed four plants when it becomes legal
‘tenancy will be open to anyone’ Our city planners and aldermen should google sat photos of Kitsilano to see what happens when city fathers reduce parking requirements for multi unit projects. The neighbors will be very sorry when it happens to them.
great, we can look forward to more 87 Buicks parked along Spruce st, with smashed windows. That’s bullcrap they don’t need the required parking, everyone else does when the make an application
Maybe someone on this site could look into how much Government Housing Prince George has compared other Cities in Canada. Build and they will come. How can the people working for min wage living in some crap place afford to pay for all this Housing, for people that may of never worked a day in there lives? something is wrong with this picture.
Victoria is awful, they are turning the entire Island into a homeless shelter. Trudeau wants to build mansions for all the homeless and meth-addicts, and have the middle class pay for it.
Well, hell, we’re already paying for the Naloxone and everything that goes with it. Ka-ching!
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