Affordable housing project goes to public hearing

Affordable housing project goes to public hearing

Six-storey central Abbotsford project would include 60 housing units

A proposal to build a six-storey affordable housing rental building in central Abbotsford will go to a public hearing this evening.

The 60-unit apartment project would be built by Mamele’awt Qweesome and To’o Housing Society at the intersection of Old Yale Road and Fuller Street. One floor – 10 units along with a resource room and lounge – would be dedicated to Autumn House, an Abbotsford Community Services program that provides housing for teens who must live independently. A supervisor would also live on the site.

A staff report says the remaining units would be rented for between $375 – the province’s shelter rate – and 90 per cent of market rates.

“The goal is to provide a variety of levels of affordability within the proposed building,” the staff report says. Funding for the housing is coming from BC Housing.

To proceed, the builder is seeking to rezone four properties into a single comprehensive development zone. That requires city approval.

Council gave the rezoning first reading earlier this month.

The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.