British Columbia

Central Saanich heritage home to be moved for development

The century-old home on the Verdier property on West Saanich Road will be moved to a different part of the property so 40 units of affordable rental apartments and six for-sale townhouses can be built.

'There’s some significant memories with this property,' developer says

The Verdier home in Central Saanich will be moved to a different part of the property to make way for 40 apartments and six townhomes. (Google Streetview)

The first purpose-built affordable housing to come to Central Saanich since the 1960s will blend history and access, proponents say.

The project on West Saanich Road in Brentwood Bay will see a heritage home moved to make way for 40 affordable rental apartments and six for-purchase townhomes.

"There's some significant memories with this property," owner and developer Matt Peulen told All Points West host Robyn Burns.

"It was built in 1911 or 1913, in that era … It was originally built for the Verdier family. Lots of history with the Verdier family. [Frank Verdier] was one of the original founders of the Malahat, getting that through," he said.

Peulen says the plan for the site involves dividing it in three: one section for the apartments facing West Saanich Road, one for the townhouses, and a third closer to Stellys Cross Road where the house will be moved.

The apartments will be built, owned and operated by the Greater Victoria Housing Society and Peulen says seniors will be a consideration for them.

The heritage home itself, Peulen says, will also be rented out as apartments. Central Saanich will be a partner for heritage revitalization work.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for us and the community to keep this house," he said. "It's going to have to come to today's building code, fully engineered. It'll be good for it. It's potentially unsafe in some ways."

Peulen says he hopes to begin relocation of the heritage home in April and expects construction of the townhomes and apartments to begin in the summer or early fall.

With files from CBC Radio One's All Points West