By Keith Lacey
Special to Osoyoos Today
With the clearance of all regulatory hurdles, construction should begin soon on a new 46-unit affordable housing complex in Oliver.
One final public hearing was held Monday night as part of a Oliver council meeting and no one showed up to show any objection to the building, which will cover 6,000 sq. metres bounded by Airport Street to the west, Packinghouse Lane to the north and Similkameen Avenue to the south.
The property is currently vacant land.
Randy Houle, the town’s Director of Development Services, said Council had to amend the site’s land use and zoning designations for the property, which is geared at seniors and families.
The final step before construction can begin is for the applicant to apply to the Ministry of Transportation to approve the application, which is expected to be rubber-stamped following support of Oliver council.
Some of the funding for the project will be provided by BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund.
The complex will feature a mixture of rental rates with 20 percent for income-assisted residents.
This project will “provide for a variety of housing types and tenures to meet the socio-economic needs of the community, including seniors and those with special housing needs” and also to “encourage opportunities for affordable housing,” said a staff report.
The complex will also feature just under 1,000 sq. metres of retail-commercial space on the main floor.
It’s expected the developer will begin preliminary construction work this fall once final approval from the provincial government is forthcoming in the next couple of weeks.