The City of Victoria has voted to allow the former Tally-Ho Hotel to be turned into supportive and affordable housing.
The decision to allow the site to be used as affordable and supportive housing for up to three years was made a council meeting on Thursday.
Councillors voted 5-3 in favour of allowing the permit.
“It was a tough decision for the Mayor and Council,” said CEO Kathy Stinson in a release, “and Cool Aid appreciates that the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood is host to many other supportive and affordable apartment buildings and the Rock Bay Landing emergency shelter. Despite some neighbourhood opposition to any more such developments, City Hall did the right thing to address the housing and homelessness crisis in our community.”
The Cool Aid Society and the provincial government bought the property back in March to help with the homelessness problem in the region.
The Society says 52 units will be created and there will be support services on site. The new tenants are expected to arrive in the renovated spaces in January.