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Burnaby council considers seniors' supportive housing project

The development proposal includes 100 supportive housing units and 145 long-term residential care beds, along with a childcare facility with spots for 61 children.

A rezoning proposal for a seniors’ supportive housing facility is up at council this month.

The project includes a new campus of care, with 145 long-term residential care beds, 100 seniors’ supportive housing units and a childcare facility at 3460 Kalyk Ave., at the corner of Canada Way and Gilmore Way.

The non-market supportive housing includes 40 units total:

  • 25 studio units between 355-364 sq. ft.
  • 11 junior one bedrooms between 458-487 sq. ft.
  • Four one-bedroom units between 495-575 sq. ft.

The market rental supportive housing includes 60 units total:

  • 56 one-bedroom units between 495-575 sq. ft.
  • Four two-bedroom units at 730 sq. ft.

Currently onsite is the Finnish Care Home, built in 1974, which has 60 long-term care beds and 48 supportive housing units. Two of those supportive housing units and 58 beds are currently occupied.

The developer, Pacific Reach Properties Development, is working with the Fraser Health Authority to relocate all remaining tenants.

The development proposal is for a building of three to six storeys in height with two wings.

The project is intended to be a single-phase development, though depending on funding from Fraser Health, the developer may split the project into two phases, deferring the construction of 42 residential care beds to the second phase.

A childcare facility with an outdoor play area for 61 children is also included in the project (36 spaces for children under 36 months of age, and 25 spaces for those 30 months to school age), along with a hair salon, medical clinic and pharmacy.

Coun. Pietro Calendino said at a council meeting on June 20 he hopes to see more projects like this one.

Coun. Alison Gu asked staff for the reason why childcare was added to a seniors’ facility rather than a multifamily building.

Staff responded that a multigenerational environment with youth onsite is greatly beneficial to seniors

“The applicant proposed to have the childcare facility both to provide enrichment to the kids that would be taken care of onsite as well as to provide an opportunity for seniors to interact with youth,” said staff.

Ninety-four parking spaces have been allotted for the development.

There will be a public hearing for this development on Tuesday, July 26.