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926-932 Pandora Avenue
Uses: condo, commercial
Address: 926-932 Pandora Avenue
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Downtown Victoria
Storeys: 10
Condo units: 143 (studio/bachelor, 1BR, 2BR, 3BR, townhome, 1BR + den, 2BR + den)
Sales status: in planning
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[North Park] 926-932 Pandora Avenue | Condos, commercial | 10-storeys | Proposed


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#181 Mike K.

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:05 PM

Here we go:

 

The City of Victoria is collaborating with the Province, through BC Housing and the Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) to build 220 new non-market rental homes and create a new neighbourhood community centre with a gym and child care spaces on City-owned land at 930/926 Pandora Avenue.

 

“This proposed redevelopment will breathe new life into a long vacant property that stretches nearly half a city block bordering on the Downtown and North Park neighbourhoods,” said Mayor and CRHC Chair Lisa Helps. “This is an exciting and inclusive neighbourhood revitalization project that will provide a community centre for both downtown and North Park, which have long been advocating for one, and will provide much-needed housing for families and others in need of safe, secure affordable housing in the midst of a housing crisis.”

 

The proposed mixed-use development will include approximately 19,000 square feet of community space owned by the City on the ground floor with plans for a community centre with neighbourhood programs, a gymnasium, as well as child care services.

 

The development concept will also include approximately 170 affordable rental housing units, leased and operated by CRHC, and up to 50 supportive housing units, which would be leased by the Province. BC Housing would select an experienced non-profit operator for the supportive housing.

 

“This development is incredibly exciting, providing 220 new homes for people who need those homes desperately, as well as delivering amenities to the broader community,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing. “I would like to thank the City of Victoria and CRHC for bringing this community-building project forward.”

Funding for the 170 rental housing units would come from the Province’s Building BC: Community Housing Fund and funding for the 50 supportive housing units would be provided through the Supportive Housing Fund.

 

BC Housing will lead the development effort and will be responsible for the overall construction of the project, which includes engaging with the community throughout the redevelopment process and ensure the density and design aligns with what is envisioned in the City’s Official Community Plan and the City’s design guidelines respectively. Once more pre-development is done there will be engagement with the broader community through letstalkhousingbc.ca/victoria-926-pandora.

 

The project aligns with the City’s Housing Strategy priority to advance and support the rapid supply of affordable and supportive housing with government partners and non-profit housing providers in addition to its support of rental housing. It also aligns with the City’s strategic plan to develop a community centre for North Park and the Downtown neighbourhoods.


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#182 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:14 PM

sounds alright.  an awfully expensive community centre (i presume the city is just handing over the land) but what can you do.  at least the city is not starting up its own housing agency.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 June 2021 - 01:15 PM.


#183 spanky123

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:26 PM

sounds alright.  an awfully expensive community centre (i presume the city is just handing over the land) but what can you do.  at least the city is not starting up its own housing agency.

 

Yet.

 

I think we all knew this was coming. Lets not pretend this helps with affordability for the average person though in fact it hurts it as effectively 220 'affordable' units are being taken from the market so that they can be given away to anyone but average folks.


Edited by spanky123, 09 June 2021 - 01:28 PM.


#184 Hotel Mike

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:29 PM

As good as spot as they could have picked for this project. It has to come with some sort of security to make sure it doesn't become a source of problems for the community.


Don't be so sure.:cool:

#185 Nparker

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 01:30 PM

....It has to come with some sort of security to make sure it doesn't become a source of problems for the community.

I am sure the good folks at Our Place will keep an eye on things.



#186 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:45 PM

Here is the community engagement page from BC Housing for this development : https://letstalkhous...ria-926-pandora

#187 spanky123

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:57 PM

Here is the community engagement page from BC Housing for this development : https://letstalkhous...ria-926-pandora

 

Last line says it all. 

 

We understand it is important for you to be informed about the plan for this site. Please check back for regular updates.


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#188 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 07:24 AM

Additional coverage in today's T-C:
 

https://www.timescol...dora-1.24328831



#189 spanky123

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 07:35 AM

Additional coverage in today's T-C:
 

https://www.timescol...dora-1.24328831

 

Sandra Severs, president of the Victoria Downtown Residents Association, said residents in the downtown core are in need of a community space.

 

And what do you think that the chances are the 'community space' will be used occupied by the homeless buying drugs and shooting up?



#190 KdogK

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Posted 10 June 2021 - 01:49 PM

Prediction.. YMCA Goes to 926-932 Pandora,, there appeasing North Park Residence. Then Crystal pool goes behind Central school . Fire hall 1 Building becomes Light rail station 1, and shoots down Yates street to douglas making its way to Colwood, Langford.


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