BC Housing, through the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, has purchased the property at 420 Downie Street in Revelstoke to develop affordable housing.
About the Project
In response to the community’s need for more affordable housing, BC Housing has purchased the Revelstoke Board of Education’s Mount Begbie school property, at 420 Downie Street, to develop the three-acre site to provide housing for people in need.
The sale of this former elementary school site provides the community with an opportunity to develop a comprehensive community plan and strategy to deliver much needed affordable housing for local families, seniors and young people working in the area.
The Revelstoke area has a shortage of affordable housing. A housing needs and assessment study identified the area was short 208 subsidized units and 216 market rental units. Low-income service workers and low-to moderate income families with children currently have the fewest affordable housing options.
Process & Engagement
Community Engagement Update – February 2021
We thank all those who have been participating as we create a development strategy for the Downie Street site. We are still reviewing all the feedback data, analysing design and financial assessments in efforts to align all interests and provide the best delivery model to Revelstoke, and most notably the Southside community. BC Housing’s Redevelopment Team has connected with municipal staff in early February and over the next few weeks will be devising materials that reflect the outcomes of community engagement and municipal planning consultation. Stay tuned.
Community Engagement Session #1 – February 27, 2020
The first of three community engagement sessions was held on February 27, 2020 at the Revelstoke Community & Aquatic Centre. Community members were invited to drop in at the session to learn more about the site, ask questions of project staff, and share their thoughts on the future of affordable rental housing at 420 Downie Street. Information was presented at the session through project display boards.
Community Engagement Session #2 – June 10, 2020
Community members were invited to attend this virtual session to learn more about three concept plans, ask questions and provide comments. Information was provided in an online presentation and feedback received informed the final concept plan presented in the third engagement session.
Community Engagement Session #3 – September 30
Community members were invited to attend the third online community engagement session to explore the final concept site plan. This plan has been developed based on feedback received at the two previous community engagement sessions and from the surveys received following those sessions.
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