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Southview Affordable Housing

Project Overview

The Southview affordable housing site is part of a feasibility study designed to analyze a number of factors to determine if a new, modern, affordable housing development on this site can be sustainable over time (in partnership with The City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and Calgary Housing Company). Grant funding from the Province has been provided to undertake the feasibility evaluation and explore the redevelopment potential of the Southview site for affordable housing.

The Southview feasibility study will explore options for affordable housing that meet the needs of affordable housing clients; review options for operationally sustainable development over the long term; and present design options for comment and review.

The site offers many advantages, including proximity to downtown Calgary, area transit services like the Southeast Bus Rapid Transit line, and convenient access to area amenities and work places. The community of Southview has a higher than average number of seniors and continues to have a high demand for affordable housing.

Background

The Southview affordable housing site is located at 1820 33 Street SE and is owned by the Province of Alberta. Previously the site was the location of 96 affordable housing units. Those 96 units were demolished in 2014 because of the age of the buildings and the need for extensive repairs. The current zoning allows for construction of a 3-4 storey apartment complex, providing up to 196 units of mixed-income housing.

Next Steps

The Southview feedback survey is now closed and the engagement phase is complete.

In August 2018, A What We Heard Report​ was published including feedback from the open house and other engagement sessions.

This report summarizes the responses we have received from participants.

Timeline

  • May - June 2018: Open house and online feedback completed
  •  August 2018:  A What We Heard Report was published including feedback from the open house and other engagement sessions.
  • Fall 2018: Feasibility study complete
  • September 2018: Design Phase
  • January - May 2019: Approvals Process
  • July 2019: Possible Construction Start (pending approvals and funding)
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Southview Project F.A.Q.

 

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Affordable Housing FAQ - Southview

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Concept Design

The original Southview affordable housing buildings were demolished in 2014. The age of the building and the need for extensive repairs led to the decision to remove the 96 units. Today, the site is zoned to allow for the construction of a 3-4 storey apartment complex, providing up to 196 units.

Based on these parameters the project team has started to develop early concepts for how the new development could look and feel.

The concept design for the Southview affordable housing site is based on existing zoning, which allows for 3 to 4 storeys and 196 dwelling units.​