Mission’s new Boswyk Centre is nearing completion and residents are beginning to move in.
The new facility is located adjacent to the Mission Leisure Centre and consists of 11,000 square feet of community/seniors centre on the ground floor with 74 units of affordable seniors housing occupying the rest of the building. Due to Public Health Orders, the seniors centre will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.
“With the opening of these new homes, seniors won’t be forced to move away from the community many of them helped build in order to find affordable housing,” said David Eby, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing.
“Support and respect for our seniors means ensuring they have a safe and affordable home in their community. Thank you to Mission and our partners for helping us to deliver this badly needed housing.”
Located at 7682 Grand St., the six-storey building is made up of studio, one- and two-bedroom homes for seniors and seniors living with dependent adult children. Monthly rents range from $375 to $1,200, depending on unit size and tenant income.
The Missions Association for Seniors Housing (MASH) is operating the project. Part of the project is a ground-floor leisure area named the Boswyk Seniors Activity Centre. This space includes a commercial kitchen, community hall, multi-purpose rooms and a games room.
“The MASH board of directors and myself are thrilled to be welcoming tenants to the new Boswyk building,” said Tricia Schweers, executive director, MASH. “It is so rewarding to have collaborated with BC Housing and the District of Mission to see this project come to fruition. The suites are very well appointed with all modern conveniences with a communal activity room and large deck. This will provide seniors with much-needed affordable housing for years to come and to encourage community and socialization with the addition of the Seniors Activity Centre.”
BC provided $7.4 million for the project through the Building BC: Community Housing Fund, as well as $8.85 million in construction financing. The Province is also providing approximately $197,000 in annual operating funding.
The District of Mission is providing the land for the project, valued at approximately $1.32 million. The district also contributed $225,000 in waived fees and reduced development costs, $1.6 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and $4.2 million in project funding, including $1 million in forestry profits generated from the Mission Municipal Forest.
MASH provided $700,000 toward costs for the residential housing space.
The Marilyn Boswyk Fund, administered by the Mission Community Foundation, has provided $500,000 toward capital costs for the Boswyk Seniors Activity Centre. The fund will also contribute to the annual operating costs through the Mission Seniors Centre Association, which will manage the activity centre in partnership with the District of Mission’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.
People started moving into the building on May 8, 2021.
“Thank you to all the partners that worked together to bring this project to life. This building will make the dream of a multi-purpose senior’s centre in our community a reality while building a legacy for all future Mission seniors,” said Mission Mayor Paul Horn.