Fifty-two one-bedroom affordable homes will be available for seniors and people with disabilities in Comox.
The province announced Wednesday that the construction of Cypress Gardens is now underway. The original structure was located at 1582 Balmoral Ave. and has been demolished in favour of the new housing.
The homes will be led by the Comox Valley Affordable Housing Society. The province is providing $5.2 million through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund. $161,000 will be given in operation funding annually.
The CVAHS provided the land for the project.
Rent will be based on income at around 30 per cent of a tenant’s earnings for half the units. The province says some of the units will be for seniors with very low incomes like those receiving income or disability assistance.
Comox Mayor Russ Arnott says collaboration is a big step in supporting seniors in the community.
“The Town of Comox and council are incredibly proud to be collaborating with the Comox Valley Affordable Housing Society on such an important project,” he said. “Cypress Gardens represents a positive step forward in ensuring seniors and persons with disabilities are supported and valued within the community.”
The project is expected to be finished in spring 2023. Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says the project will keep seniors connected in the community.
“These new homes will give more seniors and people with disabilities in Comox an affordable place to call home so they can live independently and stay connected to their community,” said Leonard.