Knox Vision Society has opened a new affordable housing complex at 2110 Church Rd. in Sooke.
The new building, adjacent to Knox Presbyterian Church, includes 42 affordable rental apartments, including two one-bedroom accessible units and three one-bedroom adaptable units, for low- to moderate-income individuals, families and seniors.
The five-storey Knox Centre was officially opened Friday by Premier John Horgan.
“The Knox Centre is part of our government’s work to make life more affordable for everyone in B.C.,” said Horgan, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca.
“For years, too many families and seniors in Sooke and throughout the province have struggled to find safe homes with rents they could afford. Our government is making different choices – choices that put people first.”
The Knox Centre project is a partnership between the province, Knox Presbyterian Church, Knox Vision Society and the District of Sooke.
Knox Vision Society is operating the building. The society was established by Knox Presbyterian Church in 2008 to help the community address the need for affordable housing.
The church provided the land for the development, which is valued at approximately $1.3 million.
The $11.3-million building will also help bring the community together, with a café space for lease on the main floor, as well as a church office and community amenity space.
The District of Sooke waived development cost charges and permit fees for the project totalling approximately $208,000. Sooke School District also waived $23,000 in fees.
“We are grateful for every partnership that results in accessible, affordable homes in our community,” said Sooke Maja Tait.
Monthly rental rates range between $875 for a one-bedroom unit and $1,300 for a three-bedroom unit.
Construction of Knox Centre began in January 2018 and was completed this spring. Residents began moving into their new homes in early April.