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 .