The Crosstown development will be located on the former Tally Ho property at 3020 Douglas Street. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

PHOTOS: Victoria green lights Cool Aid’s new affordable housing at former Tally Ho

The Crosstown development will be located on the former Tally Ho property at 3020 Douglas Street

Victoria approved a new affordable apartment on the former Tally Ho property, days after Cool Aid Society celebrated 52 years.

“This is just a wonderful birthday present,” said Alan Rycroft, community relations manager, adding it’s the biggest project the organization has ever taken on.

READ ALSO: Victoria buys properties on Pandora for almost $10 million

The Crosstown development at 3020 Douglas Street, will add 102 affordable apartments, 52 new homes for the existing supportive housing tenants and other community amenities. The development was approved by council on June 11 after a virtual public hearing.

READ ALSO: What is ‘affordable housing?’

Cool Aid’s key design principles for the site include a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments, community gathering spaces, creating a safe place for residents and neighbours, along with creating a successful and robust commercial space, particularly fronting Burnside Road.

According to Rycroft, the project will be approached in two phases so the existing residents are not displaced. He said construction would start on the back end of the lot, residents would then be moved into the new apartments and work would begin on the front side of the lot.

Crosstown also meets the policy objectives of Victoria’s Official Community Plan and the Burnside Gorge Neighbourhood Plan, which places a strong emphasis on the neighbourhood’s desire for housing diversity, including affordable housing options and family-oriented housing.

The project will be managed by TL Housing Solutions and employ 200 workers during construction, at “a time when the economy and community housing stock needs rebuilding.”


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca. Follow us on Instagram.
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City of VictoriaVictoria Cool Aid Society

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Part of Cool Aid’s key design include a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments and community gathering spaces. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

Part of Cool Aid’s key design include a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments and community gathering spaces. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

The new Crosstown development is the biggest project Cool Aid Society has ever undertaken. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

The new Crosstown development will add 102 affordable apartments to the site, plus 52 new homes for the existing supportive housing tenants and other community amenities. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

The new Crosstown development was approved by Victoria City Council on June 11. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

Part of Cool Aid’s key design includes a daycare, a cafe, a pedestrian greenway through the space, family housing which includes nine three-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments and community gathering spaces. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

The new Crosstown development is the biggest project Cool Aid Society has ever undertaken. (Provided by Cool Aid Society)

Just Posted

CRD explores option to use Oak Bay Lodge for people who are homeless

Motion asks staff to work with BC Housing, Island Health on possibilities

Public tips lead to arrest in alleged random assault on Victoria bus

June 19 incident was recorded by onboard camera

Woman who talked to unconscious husband, a Victoria police officer, for 30 years focus of study

Ian Jordan suffered a head injury when he and another officer were on their way to a call in Victoria in September 1987

B.C. residents can go to the Royal BC Museum for half price all summer

Museum reopening in phases, COVID-19 measures in place

Sidney asking tourists to respect health guidelines

Messaging says Sidney is ‘excited to welcome smart, safe, and respectful visits’

VIDEO: Victoria’s Raging Grannies call for end to public funding of for-profit senior homes

Organizer says COVID-19 has made senior home issues more apparent

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of July 7

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Would you get a vaccine for COVID-19 when it is available?

With the number of positive COVID-19 tests skyrocketing across much of the… Continue reading

Campaign aims to raise $50K for young family of deceased Vancouver Island skydiver

James Smith, 34, died July 5 following incident in Nanoose Bay

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Most Read