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The Summit at Quadra Village

What we know about The Summit at Quadra Village

• Capital Regional Hospital District (CRHD) owns the 3.5-acre site at 955 Hillside, the planned location.
• The property was purchased from School District 6, the sale approved by School District Trustees and final approval provided by the Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender. The School District previously leased the land to a private developer on a 99-year lease. No formal notice was given to neighbourhood residents of this sale.
• Island Health has a 25-year contract to provide the Complex Care for patients (primarily seniors).
• Zoning is in place for the $70-80 million facility. CHRD has stated it will not need to make an application for rezoning to accomplish its goal of building The Summit at Quadra Village. CHRD is considering additional budget resources. 
• 955 Hillside comprises the fields of the former Blanshard Elementary. It is next to the largest concentration of low-income housing in Greater Victoria, in an area with a many condos, apartments and townhomes.
• The Summit will be a 320 Bed Residential Complex Care facility (to replace Oak Bay Lodge and Mt. Tolmie Facility). Rooms will mostly be single-occupancy, with some rooms for couples.
• The footprint of the building is estimated to be 22,700 m2 (244,000 sq ft) and its height a maximum of 18.5 m (60 ft).
• At 4-storeys, up to 40% of a site can be building footprint; at 5-storeys, 32% of the site can be building footprint. The remaining 60-68% of the site can be paved, green space or other surfacing.
• With the planned 4-storey structure, CRHD estimates 30% of the site will be public landscape, gardens and pathways, 25% secured exterior area for residents and visitors only, and 5% driveways and infrastructure.
• 64 pay parking spaces are currently planned. There are 110 parking spaces (combined) at the facilities that The Summit is replacing.
• 266 staff will work at the facility each day (186 for day shift and 63 during evenings). Some transit incentives will be provided.
• Traffic impacts are being assessed by CRHD. A recent bylaw change allows for potential access off Hillside Avenue.
• Kings Road is a designated all age and abilities greenway. Additional traffic associated with The Summit could have an impact on Kings Road.
• Functional planning exercises were facilitated, focusing on service delivery for the provision of care for residents of the facility. CRHD and Island Health have hosted an Open House to advise neighbourhood residents of development plans and collect feedback.
• An architect will be hired through a Request for Proposal process. The Request for Proposal has not been released. It is possible that the architect will engage with residents in some way during the design of The Summit. Construction contractors will be hired to fulfil the plans laid out by the architect and approved by the CRHD.
• Completion of The Summit at Quadra Village is estimated for 2018.
• CRHD and Island Health will update the neighbourhood on the various stages of the development with “information sessions and regular mail out updates.”  The Summit at Quadra Village website is: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/capital-projects/the-summit
• CRHD is providing the opportunity for neighbourhood residents to comment on:
- Welcoming pathways and dog walks;
- Community use of multi-use space within the building;
- Design and use of green space (e.g. community gardens); and
- New bus shelter along Hillside Avenue.

Quadra Village Community Centre is responding to concerns about the development of 955 Hillside, and putting a spotlight on neighbourhood health considerations that need to be addressed, through the Healthy Neighbourhood Working Group (an open sub-committee). The group meets regularly and has hosted a town hall meeting. Updates are available at www.quadravillagecc.com, by emailing kelly@quadravillagecc.com, or calling 250 388 7696.

These are some neighbourhood concerms and hopes that we've heard so far:
Parking Overload * Traffic Congestion and Dangers * Noise Pollution * Skateboard Dangers * Losing Informal Dog Walking/Play Space *Loss of play space and recreational potential * Views Lost and Excess Shade * Individual Rooms for Residents *Number of beds can be expanded under the hospital act *Potential for an increase of viable businesses in the neighbourhood *16 sheel truck deliveries day and night *Round the clock activity on the site * Construction concerns/damage (eg: blasting, noise level) *Overall beighbourhood health can be fully factored into site design and amenities * Potential for accessible and functional  green space

This is what we can do:
• Attend open house(s) and meeting(s): The Healthy Neighbourhood Action Group is hosting a town hall meeting to allow neigbours to share ideas, hopes and concerns  ( www.quadravillagecc.com/event/summit-quadra-village-town-hall-meeting ). CRHD and Island Health is hosting open house(s) to “share information with the community” and “discussions on features such as welcoming pathways, greenspace and gardens, community use of space within the building” and “design and other development opportunities to minimize disruptions during construction”.  Email feedback to mrachwalski@crd.bc.ca
• Write to the CRD Board at CRDBoard@crd.bc.ca and Victoria City Council at councilllors@victoria.ca to share your concerns and say what neighbourhood needs should be addressed to make sure this project helps the health of our neighbourhood
• Share your concerns and ideas Healthy Neighbourhood Working Group ( kelly@quadravilagecc.com )
• Participate in the Healthy Neighbourhood Working Group (call Kelly at 250 388.7696 or kelly@quadravillagecc.com)