Bowser Seniors Housing Society is currently in the development process of building Lighthouse Villa, an independent supportive living complex for seniors.
The complex will contain 21 private units furnished with the seniors’ own
possessions. Residents will live independently with the support of
staff/volunteers and a “House Coordinator” and will share lunch and dinner
daily, A “linen laundry” service will be provided once a week. The House Coordinator attends to the daily running of the facility. Privacy and independence are preserved in a gentle supportive atmosphere providing companionship and social activities in the common areas. The residents are responsible for their own unit’s housekeeping, personal laundry and their own breakfasts and snacks.
The concept development will consist of 21adaptable (three fully accessible)
rental apartments of differing sizes. The facility will be one storey in height and include surface parking stalls for residents. Each residential unit will be fully self-sufficient with bathrooms, kitchenettes, sleeping area, living areas and
limited storage. Amenity space will be used for dining, companionship,
gatherings, crafts and games. There will be a coin-operated laundry on site
for the residents.
Lighthouse Villa will be located in the Bowser Village, behind Magnolia Court, close to shopping, cafe, trails and transportation.
The target group of residents for the Villa are local seniors who are finding it difficult to maintain their current residence, who are feeling lonely and would benefit from increased socialization opportunities, who would appreciate the provision of nutritious meals on a regular basis, and who would like to stay in their community rather than move to a larger town or city among strangers. The Society will be offering spaces to local seniors and to seniors outside the area, within the requirements of any government funding received.
Here is our status as of year-end 2018:
•As a result of a Request for Proposal that we submitted Sep 2018, BC Housing announced in Nov 2018 that we had been ‘approved to proceed’ with our project with a $2.2M funding allotment
•This represents approximately one third of the funding required and we continue to search for the balance needed
• Our local fundraising campaign has raised $200,000 to date
Crown Land Lease
•Our Nominal Rent Tenure application was submitted May 2017 and is still under provincial review (our original 2012 Crown Land application had to be revised to accommodate BC Housing requirements)
• We signed a fixed contract with Checkwitch Poiron Architect in Dec 2017 and are currently in the Design Development phase of the project (90% completed)
•Construction Management services were pursued in a Request for Proposal that we sent out Jan 2018. Submitted proposals were reviewed, applicants were interviewed, and a contract was awarded to Saywell Contracting Ltd. in Mar 2018
•Development Consultant services were confirmed with a formal contract Jul 2018 with Walter Hoogland of Constructive Management
•A Phase 1 Environmental Impact Assessment (for BC Housing) was completed in Feb 2018
•A Geotechnical Report (update for BC Housing) was completed in Mar 2018
•A Hydrology Study for a storm water/rain water management plan was recently completed by the Development Group for the Bowser Village (of which we are a participant)
Municipal and other Government Approvals
•Rezoning–the RDN (Regional District of Nanaimo)Board approved our zoning bylaw Dec 2018
•Subdivision-the RDN was requiring a subdivision covenant, but they have since declared that they will handle any subdivision issues for the 10 acre parcel withMOTI (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
•Development Permit–is in progress for submission to the RDN in early 2019
•Waste treatment system–the RDN Board approved the Bowser Village Sewer Project in Dec 2017 and work continues on completing its design. This has major implications on our project and the development of the village as a whole. Final cost details are still being accumulated.The sewersystem allows us to occupy a smaller cleared area on our site and the increased density in the village will potentially bring in additional services for our residents.
•Land clearing-We submitted our Occupational Licence to Cut with FLNRORD (Ministry of Forests) in Jan 2018. This should be issued simultaneously with our lease.
Next steps in 2019 will be to work with BC Housing on their funding requirements and to pursue CMHC (federal govt) and other funding avenues for the balance required to make Lighthouse Villa a reality in the near future.