Brief: BC Housing seeks feedback on proposed Downie Street housing plans

Affordable housing project to help families, seniors; address shortage of rental units in Revelstoke

A conceptual drawing of a proposed medium-density housing development at 420 Downie Street. Photo: BC Housing

BC Housing is seeking community feedback on proposed design concepts for its Downie Street affordable housing project. Community members can provide feedback via an online survey until June 19.

BC Housing presented three different concept plans for the property at 420 Downie Street during a virtual consultation held on June 10, 2020.

The concept plans presented were:

Low density:

-A total of 36 residential units (12 townhouses and 24 apartment units)

-70 parking spaces

-No commercial space

Medium density:

-A total of 100 residential units (16 town homes and 84 apartment units)

-Green space and commercial space

-108 parking spaces (100 residential spaces and eight commercial spaces)

High Density:

-A total of 174 residential units (16 townhouses and 158 apartment units)

-Green space and commercial space

-182 parking spaces

In 2019, BC Housing purchased the property at 420 Downie Street from the Revelstoke School District for $1.5 million. A 2018 study revealed Revelstoke has few affordable housing options and is short hundreds of rental units. BC Housing is planning to develop the Downie Street property with affordable housing that will help families, seniors and working youth.

A BC Housing spokesperson said feedback gathered from the online surveys will help the project team develop a final concept. More information about the proposed concept plans can be found here.