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Province Acquires Land In Courtenay For Proposed Supportive Housing Project And Permanent Overnight Shelter

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 8:09 AM

By Jay Herrington

(PHOTO Government of British Columbia)

The Province has purchased land in Courtenay for a proposed supportive housing project and permanent overnight shelter.

The government, through BC Housing, has finalized the purchase of 925 Braidwood Ave. in Courtenay.

The supportive-housing buildings will contain approximately 60 units, as well as a separate, permanent, purpose-built shelter with room for about 40 beds.

The buildings are also proposed to have additional space to be used as an extreme weather response shelter during cold weather.

Mayor Bob Wells says the existing lease for the Connect Centre has always been a temporary measure.

The proposed development application for the newly purchased property will be a top priority for council and staff.

“We look forward to working with BC Housing and social-service providers to address this significant need in our community,” Wells said.

The Province contributed $4 million to purchase the land through the Supportive Housing Fund. Once approved by city council, the site will be rezoned for the proposed use.

Construction is scheduled to begin early next year.

BC Housing will reach out to local businesses and neighbours this spring, ahead of rezoning, to share more information with the community about this project.

Ronna-Rae Leonard, MLA for Courtenay-Comox, says the announcement signifies a great step in the partnership between the Province and the City of Courtenay to work together to provide supportive housing and shelter in the community.

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