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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 
  • August 2018:  
    A What We Heard Report published
  • Summer 2019: 
    Feasibility study complete
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Southview Project F.A.Q.

 

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Affordable Housing FAQ - Southview

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1820 33 Street SE in Calgary.
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The Province of Alberta.
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There were 96 units.
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The Southview affordable housing site was demolished in 2014 because of the age of the building and the need for extensive repairs.
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Current zoning would allow for the construction of a 3-4 storey apartment complex, providing up to 196 units.
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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.
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The process to examine opportunities to redevelop the Southview affordable housing site is being developed and coordinated through a partnership between Calgary Housing Company, the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta.
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The community of Southview has a high demand for affordable housing and a higher than average number of seniors. The Southview site offers many advantages, including the proximity to downtown Calgary, area transit services like the southeast Bus Rapid Transit line, and convenient access to area amenities and work places.
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The Southview feasibility study will explore options for affordable housing that meet the needs of affordable housing clients and which are operationally sustainable over the long term.
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Yes. An extensive engagement process has been developed to ensure Calgarians have a voice in the redevelopment planning process.
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An initial public open house took place on May 28th, 2018 at the Southview Community Association. Another engagement session took place on June 16th, at The Alex Food Centre Neighbour Day event. The Engage! portal was available throughout the engagement process to gather feedback online. A sounding board was placed at the south east corner of the site (1820 33 street SE) for participants to provide their thoughts upon the proposed development. The project team also conducted interviews with service providers, subject matter experts, and community advocates. Engagement is now closed and a What We Heard report that summarizes findings will be published in August 2018.
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Community engagement will help shape design and amenities for the site, including but not limited to parking, green space and commercial offerings.
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The most likely option for the site is a mixed-income development. This includes various forms of subsidized housing across the housing continuum as well as potentially incorporating market-rate housing. The units are likely to be suitable for both families and single-person households.
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The housing continuum has three distinct categories of subsidized housing for Calgary Housing Company tenants:

  • Low End of Market (LEM). Rent that reflects 90% of comparable units on the private market.
  • Rent Geared to Income (RGI). Rent maximums that limit the cost to 30% of a tenant’s total income.
  • Affordable. This represents the middle section of the continuum, capturing everything in between LEM and RGI.
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A mixed-income development provides a more cohesive approach to housing, with residents benefiting from the opportunity to live in a more integrated community. This model also provides opportunities for tenants to move within the building as their income changes.

 

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.​​​​