Project Information

The Southview affordable housing site is part of a feasibility study designed to review a number of factors to determine if a new, modern, affordable housing development on this site can be sustainable into the future. In partnership with The City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and Calgary Housing Company, funding from the Province has been provided to evaluate and explore the redevelopment potential of the Southview site for affordable housing. More information can be found on the Open House Boards.

Background

The Southview affordable housing site is located at 1820 33 Street SE and is owned by the Province of Alberta. Previously the site was the location of 96 affordable housing units. Those 96 units were demolished in 2014 because of the age of the buildings and the need for extensive repairs. The current zoning allows for construction of a 3-4 storey apartment complex, providing up to 196 units.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the Southview affordable housing site located?

A. 1820 33 Street SE in Calgary.

Q. Who owns the site?

A. The Province of Alberta.

Q. How many units were on the site originally?

A. There were 96 units.

Q. Why were the buildings demolished?

A. The Southview affordable housing site was demolished in 2014 because of the age of the building and the need for extensive repairs.

Q. What is the site zoned for?

A. Current zoning would allow for the construction of a 3-4 storey apartment complex, providing up to 196 units.

Q. What are the current plans for the Southview affordable housing site?

A. The Southview affordable housing site is part of a feasibility study designed to analyze a number of factors to determine if a new, modern, affordable housing development on this site can be sustainable over time.

Q. Who is coordinating this study?

A. The process to examine opportunities to redevelop the Southview affordable housing site is being developed and coordinated through a partnership between Calgary Housing Company, the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta.

Q. Why locate affordable housing in Southview?

A. The community of Southview has a high demand for affordable housing and a higher than average number of seniors. The Southview site offers many advantages, including the proximity to downtown Calgary, area transit services like the southeast Bus Rapid Transit line, and convenient access to area amenities and work places.

Q. What kind of issues will the feasibility study examine?

A. The Southview feasibility study will explore options for affordable housing that meet the needs of affordable housing clients and which are operationally sustainable over the long term.

Q. Does the community have a say in the process?

A. Yes. An extensive engagement process has been developed to ensure Calgarians have a voice in the redevelopment planning process.

Q. How can I provide input?

A. A public information session is planned for May 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Southview Community Association (2020 33 Street SE). Feedback can also be provided online at engage.calgary.ca/SouthviewHousing or on sounding boards located on the Southview site. Individuals, area community groups and organizations are invited to participate in the conversation throughout the engagement process from May 28 to June 10, 2018.

Q. What kind of issues can the public provide input on?

A. Community engagement will help shape design and amenities for the site, including but not limited to parking, green space and commercial offerings.

Q. What kinds of units are likely to be provided on the site if it is redeveloped?

A. The most likely option for the site is a mixed-income development. This includes various forms of subsidized housing across the housing continuum as well as potentially incorporating market-rate housing. The units are likely to be suitable for both families and single-person households.

Q. What is the ‘housing continuum'?

A. The housing continuum has three distinct categories of subsidized housing for Calgary Housing Company tenants:

  • Low End of Market (LEM). Rent that reflects 90% of comparable units on the private market. 

  • Rent Geared to Income (RGI). Rent maximums that limit the cost to 30% of a tenant’s total income. 

  • Affordable. This represents the middle section of the continuum, capturing everything in between LEM and RGI.

Q. What are the benefits to a mixed-income development?

A. A mixed-income development provides a more cohesive approach to housing, with residents benefiting from the opportunity to live in a more integrated community. This model also provides opportunities for tenants to move within the building as their income changes.

Q. How does affordable housing in Calgary compare to other cities?

A. On average, Calgary has half the supply of affordable housing compared to other major Canadian centres. This equates to a shortage of 15,000 affordable homes.

Q. How great is the need for affordable housing in Calgary?

A. One in five Calgary families is estimated to struggle with housing costs. The current waiting list for affordable housing is close to 4,000 – almost double the waiting list from 2006.

Q. What will the budget be for the Southview redevelopment?

A. Funding has not yet been secured for the Southview affordable housing renewal. The feasibility study and its engagement process will be a major factor in investigating the site’s potential for funding.

What We Heard Report

To view the results of the engagement phase of this project please look at the What We Heard report.

The information received will be used to guide the design team in the next steps of their work in the feasibility study.

Next Steps

Over the coming months the design team will be working on the feasibility study. Check back here for more information as it becomes available.