New subsidized housing units are on the way in Port Coquitlam.
A 302-unit project is being proposed for a city-owned triangular parcel between Gately Avenue, Kingsway Avenue and Ticehurst Lane near the Coquitlam River. The project is expected to receive final approval last week , and Mayor Brad West said it is a significant investment in affordable housing for a community of Port Coquitlam’s size.
“It’s a much-needed infusion of affordable housing that will help families and residents right in Port Coquitlam, some of whom have lived here for generations but are struggling to make ends no matter how hard they work due to the high cost of housing,” he said. “Working together with our partners, we are able to bring significant benefit to our community.”
A duplex, four houses and two industrial buildings currently sit on the property, which will be replaced with a six-storey rental building. The project will also include space for a childcare facility, outdoor gathering places, underground parking and a variety of unit sizes, including three-bedrooms.
The Kingsway Avenue development is not the only affordable housing project currently in the pipeline.
A 63-unit building on Welcher Avenue across from Gates Park received approvals last month, while an 83-unit project approved in July is currently under construction on Prairie Avenue near Flint Street. The city said that at least two-thirds of the 448 new residences are large enough to accommodate families.
“As a city it’s important that we make sure our community offers enough housing to meet the needs of all of our residents, at all income levels and stages of life,” said PoCo Coun. Glenn Pollock, council’s designate on housing matters. “Every stage of progress we make on these projects is great news for Port Coquitlam and a step toward providing quality of life for more of our residents.”