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Town selling smaller remaining parcel of land at D’Arcy affordable housing site to accommodate market housing

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Okotoks, AB: The Town of Okotoks is selling 1 acre of the 3.3 acre D’Arcy Affordable Housing project site that will be home to the Brenda Strafford Society for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (BSS) and Westwinds Communities (WWC). This space is being sold to develop market-rate rental units, which would be owned and operated by a private builder.

The sale of this property will allow for market housing to seamlessly integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood and also give the Town a return on its initial investments into affordable housing.

The vision of the project, which reflects the recommendations of the 2020 approved Affordable Housing Strategy, is to create a complete and welcoming community for all. By aligning with the Town’s Municipal Development Plan and Land Use Bylaw, and through the Town's partnership with BSS and WWC and future relationships, long-term affordable housing will be supported, resulting in diverse neighbourhoods and an inclusive community. It will enable Okotoks residents to remain in the community throughout their lives as they transition through the continuum of their housing needs.

WWC is planning to build 52 below-market rental units in two buildings, which will be completed in two phases. Their units will provide housing primarily for families, couples, roommates and seniors who are currently on housing waitlists in addition to a housing program for youth. The first phase of construction includes 20 units and the second phase provides an additional 32 units, in a stacked townhouse development.

The BSS proposes to build 42 supportive housing units with common amenity spaces and in- house services for women and families impacted by domestic violence. The development will closely mirror the Society’s Calgary-based model of service and housing that has successfully supported women and families in their transition to independence for the past 25 years.

The Town contributed the land for the project, purchased in 2019 for $2.6 million, and WWC and BSS assumed all costs for site development, permitting and construction costs for their portions of the site. Site construction is expected to begin this fall.

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For more information about the D’Arcy Affordable Housing project and affordable housing in Okotoks, visit www.okotoks.ca/affordablehousing.