Dismantling of Oak Bay Lodge begins – Saanich News

Dismantling begins at Oak Bay Lodge as the Capital Regional Hospital District and Island Health continue to reduce appropriate uses of the site. (Christine van Reeuwyk/press team)

Spring cleaning: dismantling of the Oak Bay Lodge begins

Work underway to determine the best uses of the Cadboro Bay Road property

As the final stages of demolition are underway, the Capital Regional Hospital District and Island Health plan to work on a fundraising and fundraising model this year to achieve a community vision for the former Oak Bay Lodge site.

A 2021 Island Health Needs Assessment showed programs that would be suitable for the 3.9-acre lot at 2251 Cadboro Bay Rd. include senior housing and supports; primary and community care; intermediate and short-term housing; rehabilitation services; and certain non-healthcare uses, such as affordable housing and independent seniors’ residences. The health authority has identified a hub for seniors with other primary care as a priority.

The CRHD organized two rounds of public consultation last year and a third round could take place.

The project received feedback from 173 people in four electronic open houses, 14 in breakout sessions, 850 completed surveys and 17 emails.

The public would also have the opportunity to express their views when filing a rezoning application with the District of Oak Bay.

The 235-unit Oak Bay Lodge has been vacant since August 14, 2020, when the last tenants were relocated to The Summit at Hillside Avenue and Blanshard Street.

The property has a pair of covenants dating from its sale in 1971, which require it to be used as a retirement home and for the public good.

Follow the project on crd.bc.ca/project/oak-bay-lodge-redevelopment.

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