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Consultants for affordable housing non-profits in BC

GMHS’ Kindred PlaceUnder construction Sept. 2008
GMHS’ Kindred Place
Under construction Sept. 2008
 

News Archive

March 19, 2014
 

More than a Roof succeeds in bid for Little Mountain

More than a Roof Mennonite Housing Society has been selected as the successful proponent to operate and act as property manager for the Little Mountain Property -- 53 units of Non-Market Housing for independent seniors and independent seniors with disabilities.

IHCI assisted More than a Roof in submitting this successful proposal to BC Housing, and congratulate them on being selected.

 
January 15, 2014
 

Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society approved in pursuing a new housing development in Kelowna

BC Housing has provided a Notice of Intent to Proceed to Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society regarding the construction and operation of a purpose-built rental housing development at the 1745 Chapman Road (Central Green) site in the City of Kelowna, offering housing to a variety of low and moderate income households.

IHCI is pleased to be working with Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society in the development of this project.

 

December 20, 2013
 

Kiwanis Seniors Housing and Community Services Society of West Vancouver opens the doors of two new buildings at Kiwanis Garden Village

Two new buildings, called the Cypress and Terrage, add 139 suites to the portfolio of the Society which is already operating two buildings on site, the Manor and the Court.

Bob Heaslip, president of the Society,says: "Together these four buildings will realize one of the Society's long-term goals of creating an affordable community to help seniors age in place in the West Vancouver community that they have lived in and contributed to for years."
The buildings were featured this month in Award Magazine - an architecture, design and construction magazine.

IHCI has appreciated working with an excellent teamon this project. We congratulate the Society and applaud the commitment they show to providing affordable housing to seniors in West Vancouver.

 

November 12, 2013
 

The Cypress building is now welcoming seniors to their new affordable apartments in West Vancouver.

The Kiwanis Senior and Community Services Society of West Vancouver's newly completed Cypress apartment building has 62 bachelor and one bedroom suites now ready for occupancy.  In the past week several applicants have moved in with many more scheduled in the coming weeks.  The bright, well designed units with tasteful finishes are especially created to allow independent seniors to age in place.  The Cypress building joins the Kiwanis Manor and the Kiwanis Court family of buildings on the Kiwanis Garden Village property located between Gordon Avenue and Haywood Avenue on 21st Street in West Vancouver, with the Terrace building set to open soon.

The Terrace building is a 77 unit seniors' residence with occupancy expected in early January 2014.  The soon-to-be-four buildings will share extensive indoor and outdoor amenity gathering spaces for the resident seniors.  The property is adjacent to the West Vancouver Community Centre and the Seniors Centre allowing easy access for the residents of the Kiwanis Garden Village to community resources within walking distance.

IHCI is proud to have been a partner in this exciting project at Kiwanis Garden Village which added the Kiwanis Manor in 2006 and now in 2013 and 2014 is adding the Cypress and the Terrace buildings.  We would like to welcome all the new residents joining the Kiwanis Garden Village family and to congratulate the Kiwanis Senior and Community Services Society of West Vancouver on their most recent accomplishments.

 

October 30, 2012
 

Hoy Creek Co-op prepares to explore innovative partnership in order to redevelop their deteriorating housing stock

Hoy Creek Housing Co-operative (Co-op) has spent several years investigating ways to redevelop their site. Over its lifespan, the Co-op has experienced its share of challenges including water ingress issues, to the point that some of its units are no longer habitable or require costly building envelope repairs. A cost analysis determined that a retrofit of most of the Co-op's buildings would not be viable. In lieu of repairing all the buildings, the Co-op has focused on redeveloping a good portion of the site.

These are exciting times! The statement "timing is everything" couldn't ring more true for the Co-op's redevelopment thanks to the Evergreen Skytrain Line recently beginning construction, with the Lincoln Station stop to be located 4 blocks from the site. The prime location of the site in Coquitlam City Centre and its very close proximity to comprehensive urban amenities work in favour of the Co-op's mixed non-market and market redevelopment model.

At present, the Co-op is in the process of moving forward with the possibility of working out a contractural arrangement with a private developer to enable the redevelopment of its site. If the Co-op is successful with the contracting of a developer it will move quickly to apply to the City of Coquitlam to increase, through rezonng, the density of its site. IHCI has provided development management services to the Co-op which has included investigating ways to redevelop the site, obtaining funding for roof repairs, representing the Co-op during the municipal approvals process, retaining professional services and soliciting support from various government partners. IHCI will continue to coordinate this project through the sale of part of the Co-op's land, rezoning, renovation, demolition and contstruction of the Co-op's buildings.

 

October 19, 2012
 

Kiwanis Seniors Housing Society of West Vancouver's Kiwanis Garden Village project to begin next phase of construction

The Kiwanis Seniors Housing Society of West Vancouver’s plans to update and expand their existing affordable seniors’ housing supply are well underway. The Society has demolished six outdated buildings formerly on the site and is replacing them with two accessible, modern buildings which will comprise 139 apartments (plus two guest suites), in addition to the 162 suites in two buildings the Society is already operating on site. Altogether, these four buildings will make up “Kiwanis Garden Village”, and will realize one of the Society’s long-term goals of creating an affordable community to help seniors age in place in the West Vancouver community that they have lived in and contributed to for years.

Construction work on the two new buildings, located at 975 and 999 21st Street in West Vancouver, began in July 2012 and proceeded smoothly through excavation. The foundations of the two buildings are now complete with the concrete pours of the slab-on-grade and the suspended slabs now underway.  The framing of the buildings will begin shortly. The buildings are scheduled for occupancy in late 2013.

IHCI has assisted the Society in finding creative methods to help keep the project affordable, including facilitating the waiving of nearly $800,000 in municipal fees and receiving an extremely affordable interest rate on construction financing from BC Housing.  IHCI will continue to seek new sources of funding or savings to ensure that the rents in the new buildings are as affordable as possible while ensuring the continued financial health of Kiwanis Garden Village.

 
November 24, 2011
 

Kiwanis Seniors Housing Society of West Vancouver's expansion plan for "Kiwanis Garden Village" receives unanimous approval from District Council

The Kiwanis Seniors Housing Society of West Vancouver (Society) is celebrating the District of West Vancouver’s council’s final approval of the redevelopment of Kiwanis Garden Village in West Vancouver. Overwhelming support from local Seniors advocacy groups, interested parties, as well as the neighbours and residents of the existing 214 suites on the Kiwanis Garden Village site, led to a unanimous decision on behalf of Mayor and Council to approve the Official Community Plan amendment, Rezoning and Development Permit, as well as the generous waiving of the District’s Development Cost Charges of approximately $800,000.

The Society intends to demolish 5 of the 7 buildings on site, removing a total of 51 bachelor suites of aged housing stock that are not suitable for seniors. The 5 buildings will be replaced with two new buildings which comprise 137 suites, a total increase of 86 apartments, which are intended for low-income seniors . Plans for the site include a complete overhaul of the site’s interior courtyard in order to make the space welcoming, efficient, and comfortable for walking, even for seniors who may have mobility issues. In addition, the Society will continue to operate 15 suites located in a building on the adjoining Vancouver Coastal Health property until this property undergoes its own redevelopment.

IHCI has assisted the Society throughout the municipal approval process and will continue to coordinate this project through demolition, construction, and one year past occupancy. We would like to congratulate the Society on this marvelous achievement which will guarantee that for years to come a greater number of seniors will be able to live out the remainder of their lives with greater independence and comfort within a wonderful community.

 

February 7, 2011
 

Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays receives funding from BC Housing for development in Nelson

After several months in the planning stages, and with the help of Innovative Housing Consultants Inc., the Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays (Association) has received funding from the Province of British Columbia through BC Housing to help construct a 33-unit housing development for aging homeless-at-risk residents of the City of Nelson.

This project is expected to begin construction this year and open in 2012.

Innovative Housing and the Association have had a successful partnership on several projects now, including "Haven Gardens", an 18-unit second-stage tansitional housing development for women and their children fleeing violence which opened in 2009 in Cranbrook, and a successful bid in November 2010 for the Association to operate housing for seniors & persons with disabilities (36 units in Cranbrook and 24 units in Creston).

Innovative Housing congratulates the Association on this outstanding accomplishment!

 

November 24, 2010
 

Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays selected to operate housing for Seniors & Persons with Disabilities in Cranbrook & Creston

Innovative Housing Consultants is delighted to announce that its client, the Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays (Association) has been selected by BC Housing to operate 60 units of housing for seniors & persons with disabilities (36 units in Cranbrook and 24 units in Creston).

The Association employed the consulting services of Innovative Housing and submitted its Expression of Interest in September 2010. As there were many worthy applicants, Innovative Housing considers itself privileged to have been part of the successful proposal.

Innovative Housing and the Association have collaborated previously, most recently on “Haven Gardens”, an 18 unit second-stage transitional housing development for women and their children fleeing violence, which opened in 2009 in Cranbrook.

 

April 14, 2009
 

Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays’ “Haven Gardens” reaches the halfway point in construction

Haven Gardens, an 18-unit project providing second-stage housing for women and children fleeing domestic violence, is currently being constructed at 2400 Kootenay Street in Cranbrook, B.C. This development will be owned and operated by our client, the Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays, and will serve as a long-term second step to the 30-day program provided at their already existing transition house for women, Kootenay Haven.

Thanks in part to Innovative Housing Consultants, this project is progressing smoothly and is on schedule for its completion in October of this year.

 

December 4, 2008
 

Final Approval: GMHS’ “Kindred Place” to open in February 2009

Innovative Housing Consultants is proud to be involved in the Granville Mennonite Housing Society’s Kindred Place project, an 87-unit building at 1321 Richards Street in Vancouver, B.C, which is nearing completion. The building, including 7 wheelchair accessible units, will be operated in conjunction with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Innovative celebrates this news with its client GMHS, and will see the project through the completion of construction and one year post-occupancy.

Kindred Place began construction in May 2007. The first tenants are currently scheduled to move in on February 1st, 2009.

 

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