Apr 29, 2022

Westmark Serves as General Contractor on Nanaimo Affordable Housing Complex

We’re excited to announce our partnership with BC Housing and the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society (NAHS) for a new affordable housing complex in north Nanaimo. Westmark is proudly serving as the Nanaimo general contractor on this Nanaimo project that will provide homes for people with a range of incomes. Construction is underway and is anticipated to be completed in 2023.

Located at Hammond Bay Rd, the 50,977 square foot 4-storey wood-framed building will provide 53 one and two-bedroom homes for low and moderate-income individuals, families, seniors and people living with disabilities. The independent living facility will be owned and operated by the Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society.

The rental complex will provide homes for residents of varying ages and income levels, with 38 two-bedroom units and 15 one-bedroom apartments. According to BC Housing, “Some of the units will be rent-geared-to-income, meaning that the tenant pays 30 percent of their gross annual income, divided by 12, on monthly rent. Some units will be rented at deep subsidy (shelter rates, meaning they are affordable to someone on disability or social assistance).”

The development will feature outdoor green spaces, walking paths and meeting areas, a large underground parkade, a communal space for tenants, rooftop decks and green-roof areas.

As a general contractor in Nanaimo, our mission is to make an impact on our community by building purposeful spaces that provide safety and comfort to people and create meaningful communities. We’re extremely proud to be a part of this much-needed project that will make a positive, lasting impact on the lives of others. We’re not the only ones excited about this development. Here are a few quotes from other project partners provided by BC Gov News:

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That’s why our government is pleased to provide funding support that will create 53 homes for those most vulnerable, including seniors and people living with disabilities, in North Nanaimo. This is the National Housing Strategy at work.”

– Ahmed Hussen, federal Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

“Council is excited to welcome to North Nanaimo these affordable units in a project specifically designed to accommodate a diverse range of people and families. In a community that is desperate for housing, this is cause for real celebration.”

– Leonard Krog, mayor, City of Nanaimo

“NAHS is very excited to be part of this stunning new development — the first of its kind in this area of Nanaimo. Close to shopping, schools, the library and many other amenities, this unique project brings affordability to North Nanaimo where no similar housing currently exists.”

– Andrea Blakeman, CEO, Nanaimo Affordable Housing Society

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