A nine-story rental property proposal targeting middle-income seniors broke another hurdle last week in Esquimalt, but barely got over it.
In a 4-3 vote, council gave the first and second reading of the Official Community Plan (OCP) changes and a rezoning request, both of which were required for the proposed Hythe Pointe development for 819, 821 and 823 Esquimalt Road. go forward.
Residents will eventually have the opportunity to comment on the project and the changes to township policy at a public hearing. The date has not been fixed but will be announced in advance.
Several advisers have expressed reservations about the height of the structure, which offers eight floors of living space and a rooftop patio. The current maximum on the site is six stories – all three lots house a convenience store and two single-family homes.
Coun. Meagan Brame, who offered to accept the staff’s recommendations, raised concerns during the discussion.
“I find the project intriguing and I love the idea (of a development designed for) missing middle aged people,” she said. “I have concerns about height, which is why I am asking for shadow studies. I really want to know more about the neighbors, so that interests me and I want it to go further.
Coun. Jane Vermeulen, who seconded the motion, said she found the proposal innovative to combine co-op style housing with independent living for seniors.
“We need to provide housing options for seniors as they get older because we are limited in the area,” she said. If one area can tolerate more height in the township, she added, “it’s Esquimalt Road.”
Couns. Lynda Hundleby, Ken Armor and Tim Morrison voted against the motion based on concerns ranging from excessive height and mass to lack of community amenities in return for the OCP change.
But each found reducing qualities in the concept itself, which promoted social connection and a relatively affordable price due to having less staff and encouraging residents to volunteer for activities in the area. building. Plans call for 92 one- and two-bedroom rental units, plus in-house amenities such as a game room, theater, fiber arts studio, fitness studio, pub and lounge. of tea and commercial coffee.
Developer Avenir Construction is also building the Vista retirement home on Admirals Road.
Elderly Housing Town of Esquimalt