Housing prices and housing shortages were on the top of people’s minds in 2022. Throughout the year, Castlegar saw the starts of multiple housing projects that will hopefully offer some relief once they are ready for occupancy. If all the projects are seen to completion, they will add almost 200 units to Castlegar’s housing supply.
On the small-scale side, the city issued building permits for 16 new single-family dwellings.
One of the larger projects to break ground in 2022 was the Park Place development. The mixed-use residential/commercial development at 2405 Columbia Ave. will create 54 housing units and several retail spaces.
The decision to approve the project was the most-followed city council decision of the year.
The principal reason for the controversy was that approximately one-third of Brandson Park had to be sold to the developer in order to make room for the project.
A save-the-park campaign rallied neighbours and supporters throughout the community and the public hearing on the matter lasted four hours.
Several councillors and now-mayor Maria McFaddin said approving the project was the hardest decision they had ever made at the council table.
Sue Heaton-Sherstibitoff summed up their sentiments at the time when she said she had to make the decision she felt was for the “greater good of whole community.”
New student housing at Selkirk College was the largest project to start during the year.
The 110-bed project will utilize a modular-build approach. With focus on sustainability and accessibility, completion is expected in time for the start of the September 2024 academic year.
The project will include welcoming common spaces, spacious communal kitchens, an allotment of family-units and study rooms.
In April, Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a fourplex on city-donated land at 560 – 8th Street. The project includes two two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, one unit includes accessibility features.
Once completed, the homes will be sold to pre-selected, low-to-moderate income families with Habitat providing them interest-free mortgages with no down payments.
Completion is expected in March of 2023.
Eight-unit apartment building
A development permit has been granted for an eight-unit apartment building at 2225 Columbia Avenue. Information on when the project will be completed was not available at press time.