How did The City come to acquire the property (725 – 735 Glenmore Trail SW) on which the Kingsland development will be built?
The City acquired the site during the planning stage of the Glenmore Trail widening project and subsequently the houses on the site were all demolished by 2004. The site was used as a parking lot during the Glenmore Trail and Elbow Drive interchange construction in 2005. The subject site has been vacant since 2008. The site was considered in the Glenmore Land Use Study (2006), specifically with a recommendation to develop the site as medium profile multi-family residential with a maximum 4-storey and maximum 2.5 FAR (which this land use application and development proposal aligns with). Although the parcel was not required for the Glenmore Trail widening, it was considered in the land use study because the parcels were City-owned and surplus to municipal needs. In 2007 the parcels were circulated to internal City departments and the Office of Land Servicing & Housing (OLSH) identified this site as suitable for affordable housing. In 2011, City of Calgary Council approved to proceed with affordable housing use and OLSH proceeded with applying for funding to begin a project on this vacant city owned lot.
Who might live in the Kingsland development?
There will always be people who need affordable housing. In Calgary, this need has been consistently recorded at approximately 18% of all households since 1991. Based on 2006 federal census data, in Calgary, there are 38,000 renter households and an additional 33,500 households that own their own homes who are considered in danger of losing their home due to financial circumstances. Many of these individuals may already live in your community and be your neighbours. They include students, seniors, young couples, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, low income workers and their families (including, as examples, sales clerks, taxi drivers, cooks, cashiers, teachers’ assistants, janitors, and gas station attendants), new Canadians and people who are unemployed.
What will be the financial model used for the residents?
The Kingsland development will use a “mixed income model” for its rental rate structure. A model proven to be very successful throughout Calgary communities, it integrates units that pay rents that are below, but close to, market rates with rents that are more deeply subsidized. By balancing the proportion of these units within an individual building, Calgary Housing Company ensures that new affordable housing developments are financially sustainable while, more importantly, they provide an inclusionary approach to housing where tenants of mixed financial means are blended together. The City recognizes that providing affordable housing solutions is about providing a hand up, not a hand out.
Where did funding for the Kingsland development come from?
Funding for the Kingsland development was provided via Provicial Affordable Housing Block Funding and via municipal funding through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative.
Who will operate and manage the building?
The Calgary Housing Company (CHC) will manage the building and will work with the residents and community to create and maintain a safe, secure and well-managed property.
Who is Calgary Housing Company (CHC)?
CHC has been Calgary’s leading housing provider for 40 years. CHC manages over 10,000 affordable housing units with more than 25,000 tenants and provides a variety of mixed income housing options.
How will CHC determine who lives in the Kingsland development?
CHC has robust tenancy, income verification and property management processes. All potential residents must apply and be accepted.
How will CHC manage this building successfully?
Safety, security and community well-being are at the core of CHC’s operating principles. CHC will work with the residents and the community to create and maintain a safe, secure and well-managed property. CHC welcomes constructive feedback and support from the communities in which they operate. CHC property managers can be contacted directly by any member of the community. CHC prides itself on appropriate response times and mutually agreed to resolutions. CHC encourages the creation of residents associations in its buildings to promote a sense of belonging and pride in the community.
Will The City be responsible for provide operating subsidies to the Kingsland development?
The Kingsland development will not require any operating subsidies. It will operate on a break-even basis to ensure operational sustainability and net social benefit over the long term.
Will this affordable housing project adversely affect property values in the community?
There is no evidence to suggest that well-designed, well-built and well-maintained housing has a negative effect on property values.
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