Back in early March of this year, SkyriseCalgary announced the sale of six parcels of land by the City of Calgary to various non-profit charities. One of those six parcels, located at 933 5th Avenue SW was purchased by Homespace Society of Calgary, who recently unveiled a proposed housing project for that site. Situated in downtown Calgary's west end, the plan calls for a nine-storey building with 74 affordable housing units.
Being an experienced agency in affordable housing, this is just one of many projects Homespsace is involved with, owning and maintaining 492 units in 26 different buildings. They currently have two more projects under construction which will add another 56 units to their portfolio, but this is their largest single project so far, and over the next three years, Homespace has plans to grow to 600 units, housing close to 1,000 residents.
The building would be an important step toward the goal to end homelessness in Calgary, but it also comes with a couple of other benefits. Not only does it aid in the city's goal of increasing the population of inner-city communities, but it also makes use of a piece of land that has sat empty for decades.
SkyriseCalgary will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.