Oliva said he is applying for the city’s affordable housing tax exemption at the Jefferson Street Apartments, which means some of the units will be priced for households making 80 to 115 percent of the area’s median income.
“Ultimately there’s a demand for affordable housing in downtown, and Vancouver as a whole, and that’s reflected in vacancy rates and the fact that more is happening downtown, with new businesses and restaurants and parks and activity,” Oliva said. “People have shown they want to be within walking distance to those amenities.”
The Jefferson Street Apartments would be an easy stroll from Esther Short Park and the waterfront.
Early plans say the 89 units at Jefferson Street Apartments will range from 495 to 1,000 square feet, and there may be 84 parking stalls.
With construction planned to start next summer, the complex will add to a wave of hundreds of apartment units — some of them built under the city’s affordable housing tax exemption — opening downtown and throughout the city over the next few years.
“We think the project will deliver another housing option downtown and help stimulate the area west of Esther Short Park and leverage the recent infrastructure investments the city has made along Eighth/Jefferson and Grant Street,” Oliva wrote in an email.
He said that the project is still in very early stages and will need a more detailed application to be completed with local partners LSW Architects, Robertson & Olson Construction and HDJ/PBS Engineers.