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Mountain High School site to become housing subdivision

Mountain High School site to become housing subdivision

The former Mountain High School site on the center mountain will become home to affordable housing. Planning committee has given the green light to a zoning change that will permit the lands to be developed for 266 units–two, six storey, multiple dwellings and five, three storey, maisonette buildings.  84 units (31% of the units) will be provided at 80% of the average market rental rate. the remaining 182 units between will be let at 80% to 125% of the Average Rental Market rate.

The property between Upper James and West 5th was sold to two affordable housing corporations –Victoria Park Housing and Kiwanis Homes who will lead the development. The proposed development will be built to LEED energy standards and will feature ample green space and a community garden. The proposal was significantly altered from an original design that proposed high rises with significant surface parking. The final design was arrived at after significant consultation with neighbours and when the matter appeared for the committee Tuesday there was only one submission which was a letter in favour of the project.

Committee member Jason Farr revisited a contentious meeting Monday in which he clashed with Councillor Nrinder Nann over the need for affordable housing. ‘We don’t do a very good job as a council in celebrating what we accomplish in terms of affordable housing,” he said. “The shortage of affordable housing is everywhere,” he said, “but we do a better job than most.”

The Mountain School site development was one of four approvals the committee made that involved affordable housing at the Tuesday meeting.

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