City owned properties at 46183 and 46187 Yale Road could become home to the Chilliwack Community Services’ Paramount Project – affordable housing for seniors.

Affordable housing for seniors eyed for former Paramount site

City of Chilliwack to partner with Chilliwack Community Services

The City of Chilliwack is looking to rezone the former Paramount Theatre site to provide affordable housing for seniors.

The move is in partnership with Chilliwack Community Services, which will build and operate the facility on the city-owned properties at 46183 and 46187 Yale Road.

Chilliwack Community Services is preparing a proposal in response to a BC Housing Request for Proposals (RFP) (released this spring) for new rental housing units under the Building BC Community Housing Fund. The units are intended to be rental housing units for independent seniors, with rents affordable for a range of low and moderate-income levels. If Chilliwack Community Services “Paramount Project” proposal is successful with BC Housing, the City of Chilliwack will provide the two properties on Yale road in support of the project.

A rezoning application for the properties will be brought forward on Aug, 7.

The provision of a site is one way municipalities often partner with the province on housing initiatives.

Chilliwack’s 2016 Homelessness Action Plan calls for an increase in the supply of affordable housing across the housing continuum to meet community needs, including housing for low income seniors.

The city’s Downtown Land Use and Development Plan, and the 2011 Downtown Core Task Force Final Report call for a diverse mix of residential and commercial uses, including affordable, rental and special needs housing and office development.

Under the rezoning process, Chilliwack Community Services will engage neighbours prior to the public hearing. At the public hearing, all persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by the proposed rezoning shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. As part of the process, a Good Neighbour Agreement will be created with Chilliwack Community Services specific to the project.

Should the rezoning be approved by council, the project will be contingent on funding and an operating agreement between BC Housing and Chilliwack Community Services. This decision will be made by BC Housing after the RFP closing date of Sept. 17, 2018. According to the RFP, the successful proponent will have a 60-year operating agreement with BC Housing for the management of all units in the development.

If Chilliwack Community Services is successful with the RFP, the city will follow the provisions outlined in the Community Charter for the disposition of city owned land. This requires public notice regarding the extent of assistance, the market value of land to be transferred and any conditions associated with the transfer. If not, the city will rescind the zoning amendment and will not proceed with the property transfer.

 

City owned properties at 46183 and 46187 Yale Road could become home to the Chilliwack Community Services’ Paramount Project – affordable housing for seniors.

Just Posted

Nearly 25,000 people cast ballots in Chilliwack

Turnout 10,000 votes higher than in 2014

Popove pledges to work hard as new mayor of Chilliwack

Ken Popove to take the helm from incumbent Sharon Gaetz

Chilliwack school board results reveal clear split

Incumbents Dan Coulter, Heather Maahs and Barry Neufeld join four new board members

Popove elected mayor in Chilliwack

Gaetz second, Waddington third; new faces on city council

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

Fraser Valley man dead after head on crash in Okanagan

Accident occurred at about 7:35 a.m.

B.C. oncologist changing the face of breast cancer treatment

Dr. Juanita Crook, a Kelowna oncologist, has seen 100 per cent success using brachytherapy to treat breast cancer in some patients.

Newly-elected Lower Mainland mayor won’t drink his city’s tap water

White Rock’s Darryl Walker is concerned about its quality

Kennedy Stewart challenged with building bridges as mayor of Vancouver: expert

The former NDP MP, who ran as an Independent, will lead 10 councillors divided across four parties

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Most Read