CRD Proposes Innovative Concept Development Plans for Former Mount View School Site

Apr 17, 2008

Victoria, BC- The Capital Regional District (CRD) has prepared an initial concept plan for the comprehensive development of a 3.3 hectare site, the former Mount View School site, owned by the CRD and located at 3814/3818 Carey Road.

The concept plan proposes:

  • 35 Supportive housing apartments for homeless persons, with 24/7 staffing
  • 244 bed residential care home
  • 129 suite independent living facility for seniors
  • Mix of other uses to be determined including housing, office and other care facilities

The site is located close to the Town and Country Shopping Centre, which is currently being redeveloped and includes a major public transit exchange.

“This concept of developing the former Mount View School site will benefit the community by addressing many of the home and community care needs that are important to the future of the Region, whether that is support for homeless persons, seniors or those needing residential care,” said Acting CRD Board Chair Don Amos. “I am pleased to see this proposal being brought forward by the CRD in partnership with other agencies.“

Development of the site is dependent on a rezoning of the lands. Consideration of the rezoning proposal by the Municipality of Saanich will begin shortly. Saanich has committed to giving immediate consideration to this proposal, with community consultation.

The Province has recently been approached to consider funding the costs of the supportive housing proposal through the approval process as well as the design, construction and operation of the supportive housing portion of this comprehensive development. The estimated capital cost of the supportive housing project would be $7.2 million, excluding land. It is anticipated the Province and the CRD will cooperate on issuing a call for an experienced operator for this housing project.

The CRD has also been in discussion with the Baptist Housing Ministries Society to facilitate the development of a new 244-bed residential care facility that could replace and add to their existing senior communities in the Region.

Land use on the balance of the Carey Road site will be part of the comprehensive development proposal. A number of potential market uses will be considered to enhance the use of this strategically located site.

It is anticipated that all buildings will achieve LEED certification.

The CRD is committed to working with stakeholders and agencies, including the recently announced Greater Victoria Commission to End Homelessness, who are assisting in the development and delivery of services to supportive housing proposals throughout the CRD.

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For more information contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Office: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427