The Tofino Housing Corporation is about to launch the rezoning process for the Sharp Rd site in partnership with the Catalyst Community Developments Society. Catalyst is an experienced not-for-profit developer, owner and operator of affordable rental housing and community spaces with over 10 projects in operation or development across southern BC and will be the developer and operator of the Sharp Road housing. Construction is expected to start in late 2019 / early 2020. You may have seen early concept plans of the Sharp Road and the design has evolved to a 14 unit below-market rental housing development.
In advance of taking a rezoning application to the District of Tofino, Catalyst and THC would like to invite you to review the proposal, answer any questions and hear your feedback.
The Tofino Housing Corporation is continuing to make progress towards our primary goal of building new affordable rental housing in Tofino. As highlighted in the Winter 2019 report we have been making continued progress. Key highlights include:
* Developing with the assistance of Catalyst Community Developments Society a revised preferred design for a 12-14 unit rental housing development on Sharp Rd.
* Confirmation of a PDF no-interest loan from BC Housing for the pre-development work for DL 114, which will be backed by a loan guarantee from the District of Tofino.
* Confirmation with the District of Tofino of appropriate road design and servicing standards for DL 114.
We expect to be submitting rezoning applications for both Sharp Rd and the DL 114 phase 1 projects in the late spring / early summer.
We have released our Fall Report, providing an update on our activities over the late spring and summer. We held an important Public Open House in late June, have formed a partnership with the Catalyst Community Developments Society and facilitated the first sale of a Price Restricted Resident Restricted home in Tofino. The preliminary design work for the Sharp Rd and Phase 1 DL 114 projects have also continued to progress. We will have more to report on these projects in the new near year. In the near term, we will be doing some geotechnical test pit excavations on DL 114 to be able to refine our project plans, develop more accurate cost estimates and find cost-efficiencies.
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