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#1 Mike K.

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 07:33 AM

From Aryze Developments:

A unique partnership between Aryze Developments and the Legion Manor Victoria is seeking to provide nearly 200 homes for seniors and the Central Saanich workforce through a collaborative development proposal. Located at 1934-66 Hovey Road & 7551 East Saanich Road, the proposal includes two multi-family purpose-built rental buildings, one of which will be owned and operated in perpetuity by the Legion Manor Victoria, made possible by Aryze selling a portion of the land to the society at well below market value.

For more than 50 years, Legion Manor Victoria has provided affordable housing for veterans and adults 55+ at their existing facility, which is the neighbour to the north of the proposed development site. This proposal will bolster the successful program they have developed over the last five decades by increasing the number of homes they will own and operate directly adjacent to their existing facility, which currently holds a 2-5 year waitlist, with over 160 seniors—including veterans—seeking independent living suites, and close to 20 seniors waiting for assisted living suites.

“Many in the community know—this isn’t the first time we have attempted to develop in response to the growing demand for our services,” says Rod Hughes, President of the Legion Manor Victoria. “Our development committee has looked at expansion opportunities over the last several years, but nothing has gone forward, as affordable and suitable land in Central Saanich is so limited. Aryze’s approach to sell the land at a discounted price is what has made this expansion possible.”

Aryze Developments acquired the land, which is a five lot assembly along Hovey Road. As part of the partnership, Aryze will transfer the eastern portion of the land to Legion Manor Victoria, subject to receiving funding from BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund to deliver affordable housing for seniors.

“Our team approached the Legion Manor Victoria early on in the development process, in the hopes of providing an opportunity to expand their services and meet the demand of affordable seniors housing,” says Melanie Ransome, Director of Communications & Engagement. “The need is immense and this proposal represents an opportunity to take a solid step towards a long-term solution for some of our community’s most vulnerable.”

In this proposal, the West Building (Market Rental) will contain approximately 133 homes ranging from studio to 3-bedroom and the East Building (Legion) consists of 62 affordable studio and 1-bedroom units for seniors. The design emphasizes the proximity of the existing facility by ensuring ease of access between the two properties with a pedestrian pathway that connects the West Building (Market Rental) and the East Building (Legion) with the existing Legion facilities.

Aryze is in advanced discussions with Shoreline Medical and the Saanich Peninsula Hospital to form an agreement to secure housing for nearby healthcare workers in the West Building on the 2 acre site.

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#2 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 06:43 AM

Team-up could be a housing win for Saanich seniors and workers

 

Saanich housing crisis is putting the squeeze on, but a new project will ease pressure for some

 

https://www.capitald...ors-and-workers

 

 

 

Cool, they are trying to build this project in Central Saanich, but according to the reporter, it'll just be for Saanich people.  And it's a Saanich program that makes this Central Saanich project possible.

 

Last week, Aryze Developments and Legion Manor Victoria announced they were joining forces to provide housing for seniors, senior veterans and workers in Saanich.

 

By partnering with the Manor, Aryze is able to take advantage of Saanich’s new Development Cost Charge Reduction bylaw based on the criteria that the Legion’s building will be a not-for-profit rental housing development that includes an assisted living development and is owned by the not-for-profit society incorporated under the Societies Act.

 

The development also hopes to target people wanting to age in their community but also to grow with it.

 

In the largest municipality in the CRD, finding staff and workers for growing businesses has become a challenge because housing costs are driving people away from bigger centres like Saanich to more affordable places in the region. Without housing options, its workforce is also looking elsewhere for work. That’s not good for business.

 

 

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My tax dollars paid for this article.  Not sure I got my moneys worth.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 November 2023 - 06:53 AM.

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#3 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 06:59 AM

Ugh.    :mad:

 

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#4 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 07:23 AM

So there’s no actual connection to Saanich here, it’s just a mistake on the reporter’s part? Or is Saanich involved in this?

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#5 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 07:26 AM

The reporter is new in town, from Toronto.  And likely has no idea there is a municipality named Central Saanich.  I suspect when she read all the references to same, she assumed it was the "middle part of Saanich".

 

The TC got the facts right:

 

 

https://www.timescol...veloper-7881779

 

 

This is the comedy part:

 

By partnering with the Manor, Aryze is able to take advantage of Saanich’s new Development Cost Charge Reduction bylaw based on the criteria that the Legion’s building will be a not-for-profit rental housing development that includes an assisted living development and is owned by the not-for-profit society incorporated under the Societies Act.

 

 

That's just completely made up.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 November 2023 - 07:29 AM.

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#6 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 07:28 AM

It was written all over Aryze’s press release.

An editor should have caught this. Oops. Welcome to the zaniness of the CRD. Hopefully Sidney knows there are 12 councils in the CRD, and multiple unincorporated areas.

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#7 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 07:32 AM

An editor should have caught this. Oops. Welcome to the zaniness of the CRD. Hopefully Sidney knows there are 12 councils in the CRD, and multiple unincorporated areas.

 

There are 13.

 

4 core.

3 Peninsula.

6 west shore.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 29 November 2023 - 07:48 AM.


#8 Mike K.

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 07:39 AM

*12 other councils, is what I meant.

Oops as well.
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#9 aastra

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 12:04 PM

Please, let's not start arguing about whether vibrantvictoria.ca is better than vibrantsaanich.ca.



#10 Nparker

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 12:30 PM

I believe it's spiritedsaanich.ca.



#11 aastra

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Posted 29 November 2023 - 04:34 PM

That's the spirit.



 



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