Low-income seniors and people living with disabilities will benefit from a redevelopment project to provide 331 new and affordable homes in Burnaby.
The Province, BC Housing and the City of Burnaby are partnering on the Hall Towers redevelopment project. The project includes one provincially owned site and three sites owned by the city at 7282 and 7252 Kingsway and 7255 Edmonds St. – previously the Edmonds 55+ Community Centre and the Kingsway branch library precinct. The sites will eventually include high-density, mixed-use affordable rental housing, new market housing, commercial space, community services and public amenities.
“Our government is committed to making sure that people with low incomes, including seniors and people living with disabilities, can find a home that meets their needs at a price they can afford,” said Raj Chouhan, MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. “Working with our partners, we will provide safer and more comfortable homes for Hall Towers residents, without adding to their monthly rent. I look forward to seeing how these sites develop in the long term to build a vibrant community with the homes that people in Burnaby want and need.”
Built in the Edmonds Town Centre neighbourhood in the 1970s, Hall Towers is home to 342 people and needs substantial renovations to meet today’s sustainable design, engineering and construction standards.
“We are so pleased to be advancing this important project with the Province of British Columbia and BC Housing,” said Mike Hurley, mayor, City of Burnaby. “The new units will replace old affordable housing stock by providing brand new homes for all of the tenants in the existing buildings at no additional cost to them, while increasing the total number of affordable rental homes in the Edmonds Town Centre neighbourhood.”
People living at Hall Towers will remain in their homes during construction and, once the new units are complete, tenants will have the option to move into the redeveloped housing.
The City of Burnaby and BC Housing are in the process of selecting a development partner for Hall Towers and the adjacent three parcels of land.
To learn more about this project, visit: https://bchousing.org/hall-towers
The expression of interest information is available at MERX Canadian Public Tenders: www.merx.com/bch
And at BC Housing: www.bchousing.org/partner-services/funding-opportunities-for-housing-providers
Read Homes for B.C., government’s 30-point plan to address housing affordability for British Columbians: https://bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2018/homesbc/2018_Homes_For_BC.pdf
To find out what the Province is doing to improve housing affordability, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/bc-government-addressing-housing-affordability-challenges