LANGLEY, B.C.—Shovels are in the ground for a 101-unit affordable housing redevelopment project in Langley that will target low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
The redevelopment will replace the Birch, a three-storey, 66-unit apartment building previously on the site that was destroyed by a fire in 2017. Former residents will be offered an opportunity to move into the new building.
“Our government is proud to work with partners like the Langley Lions Housing Society (LLHS) to build new, modern homes so that people who call Langley home do not have to go elsewhere to find affordable housing,” said Megan Dykeman, MLA for Langley East, in a statement. “This new redevelopment will ensure that seniors and people with disabilities in Langley can continue to live healthily and comfortably, surrounded by the services and people they count on.”
Located at 20355 54 Ave., the eight-storey apartment building will have 101 one-bedroom units, including 30 assisted-living units. The building will have an indoor lounge area, while a larger shared-activity area will be located at the adjacent Evergreen Timbers building. Outdoor space includes gardens and walkways for residents to gather and socialize.
LLHS, an experienced non-profit housing provider, provided the land for the project and will own and operate the new building. The society, with support from Fraser Health, will provide support and care for people with disabilities living in the 30 assisted-living units. Assisted-living residents will be selected by Fraser Health.
The province, through BC Housing, awarded a grant of approximately $11 million from the Community Housing Fund for the facility’s construction. BC Housing will also provide the society with an annual operating subsidy of approximately $444,000.
The building is part of the LLHS’s greater redevelopment project, which will build 981 units of affordable rental seniors housing on a 2.2-hectare site.
Construction is expected to wrap up by summer 2023.