THE CALEDONIA will offer 158 units of affordable non-market rental housing on a long rectangle of land behind Vic High, from Gladstone to Grant Street. The developer—in this case the CRD’s Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC)—is requesting rezoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments for land they are leasing for 60 years from School District 61. In total there are five separate buildings, including three-storey townhouse rows, and four- and five-storey apartment buildings, with 117 parking stalls. Residents will be selected from a waitlist at the Capital Region Housing Corporation.
The CRD has been operating an 18-unit townhouse complex for families on a good part of the site. Only 29 years old (built in 1992), the CRD has said needed repairs would be very costly.
Many in the neighbourhood are concerned with the Caledonia’s size, the impacts on the neighbourhood’s traffic, the precedent it will set for further development, and the loss of School District-owned land. In regard to the latter, complaints around the School District’s willingness to sacrifice a long-planned track expansion for Vic High to accommodate the development have been heard in letters and comment pieces.
For more information, see a November 2019 Focus story and a comment piece on the related reduction of the high school track.