Ocean Breeze Resident Engagement

Since acquiring Ocean Breeze Village in 2022, we have been engaging residents, elected officials, and community organizations about the redevelopment, the impact on current residents, and how we can work together to provide residents, especially those who need the most support, with a place to live today and in the future at reasonable rental rates.

There is a need for more housing in Nova Scotia, and Ocean Breeze can provide significant housing density within its current HRM designation. While we are committed to adding much-needed housing to the community, we are also committed to doing things fairly, working with existing long-term residents of Ocean Breeze Village, and providing residents with information to ensure they know current plans, timelines, and their housing options so that they can make the best decision for their situation.

The redevelopment of Ocean Breeze Village will be done in phases and will take years to complete. No timeline has been established yet for the complete redevelopment, but we are committed to giving residents at least six months’ notice before their residence is directly impacted.

Many Ocean Breeze Village residents pay market rent for their existing housing that is below what they might pay elsewhere in HRM, and some residents participate in government assistance programs. As we have said from the beginning, our desire is to work toward finding realistic options for existing long-term residents of Ocean Breeze Village, especially those who need the most support, to have a place to live today and in the future at reasonable rental rates.

The mix of housing at Ocean Breeze Village—market and market-affordable—creates a unique situation that requires a unique solution for current residents to be able to live in the community during and after the redevelopment. We have begun and will continue to work with the various levels of government and community agencies to develop plans for non-market housing options.

Please visit this website often to stay updated on the latest news and information about Ocean Breeze Village.

Since acquiring Ocean Breeze Village in 2022, we have been engaging residents, elected officials, and community organizations about the redevelopment, the impact on current residents, and how we can work together to provide residents, especially those who need the most support, with a place to live today and in the future at reasonable rental rates.

There is a need for more housing in Nova Scotia, and Ocean Breeze can provide significant housing density within its current HRM designation. While we are committed to adding much-needed housing to the community, we are also committed to doing things fairly, working with existing long-term residents of Ocean Breeze Village, and providing residents with information to ensure they know current plans, timelines, and their housing options so that they can make the best decision for their situation.

The redevelopment of Ocean Breeze Village will be done in phases and will take years to complete. No timeline has been established yet for the complete redevelopment, but we are committed to giving residents at least six months’ notice before their residence is directly impacted.

Many Ocean Breeze Village residents pay market rent for their existing housing that is below what they might pay elsewhere in HRM, and some residents participate in government assistance programs. As we have said from the beginning, our desire is to work toward finding realistic options for existing long-term residents of Ocean Breeze Village, especially those who need the most support, to have a place to live today and in the future at reasonable rental rates.

The mix of housing at Ocean Breeze Village—market and market-affordable—creates a unique situation that requires a unique solution for current residents to be able to live in the community during and after the redevelopment. We have begun and will continue to work with the various levels of government and community agencies to develop plans for non-market housing options.

Please visit this website often to stay updated on the latest news and information about Ocean Breeze Village.

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  • I recently read that according to all levels of government, no one from the developers for OB have reached out to them to take advantage of the many financial incentives available....WHY?

    RCJ222 asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    The developers have had, and continue to have, conversations with all levels of government, as well as community agencies to ensure existing long-term residents—especially those who need the most support—have a place to live today and in the future at reasonable rental rates.

    Sincerely, 

    The Basin Heights Team

  • Since me moved from a apartment to a townhouse from a long term to a fix term lease not knowing it was a fixed term and not knowing they weren't renewing. We moved due to health issues not because we wanted too. Do we have to be out or can we stay and wait for new buildings ? Our old lease was long term and was for 7 years+ We were at 25 Killkee Gate now we are at number 10 Killkee Gate

    Panda1069 asked 7 months ago

    Hi there,

    Unfortunately, we can not make exceptions to extend fixed-term leases as current long-term leaseholders in Phase 2 will be relocating into vacant units by May 2024, and, in the interim, we will be doing maintenance and updating vacant units, so they are ready for long-term leaseholders to move into.

    Thanks,

    Basin Heights Team

  • If we sign the paper giving our decision for which option we want to choose, are we able to change our mind before May when we need to move?

    mdg52003 asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your inquiry.

    When the time comes to select an option, the option selected by the resident by the deadline will be final.

    For more information, please continue using www.reimagineoceanbreeze.ca for updates.

  • Can we change our mind about which relocation option we want to go with? If we're in phase 3, can we ask to put our names on the list for Option 1 but then decide that we would prefer to take Option 2? Or are we locked in?

    Anon asked 8 months ago

    Phase 3 site redevelopment work is tentatively scheduled to begin in June 2025. Residents with long-term leases impacted by Phase 3 will be provided with a minimum of six months’ notice and presented with the same relocation options as Phase 2.

    We have not yet set a deadline for long-term residents of Phase 3 to have to decide on an option, so residents affected by Phase 3 do not need to make any decisions at this time. 

    When the time comes to select an option, the option selected by the resident by the deadline will be final.

  • If we decide to move within Ocean Breeze, about how long will be in a 'future phases' unit until we have to move again? Will we have to go through a move and then have to do it all again within a year or two? Will we be provided any assistance with that second move? You've stated that you're working to provide us with 'below-market rent' for the new developments but what does that mean exactly?

    Anon asked 9 months ago

    We will do our best for residents to only have to move once during the redevelopment, but depending on the circumstances, further relocation may be required. An exact timeline for the completion of the Ocean Breeze redevelopment is not yet available.

     

    Compensation will be provided for the initial move into an existing apartment in Ocean Breeze at the same rent you would otherwise be paying if nothing had happened. At this time, we do not know whether similar options for compensation will be available in the future.


    We are hopeful that a solution will be developed with the government to provide you with the option to move into one of the newly constructed building units in the community at a market-affordable rent, but we cannot guarantee that at this time.

  • Good afternoon Will the leases for the new development be "fixed" or the same long term leases that have been effective since a tenant moved into OB and have been here for several years? Will there be pet friendly units that current tenants here have?

    RCJ222 asked 9 months ago

    While it’s too soon to determine the form of lease, we expect them to be consistent with Residential Tenancies Program (RTA) and the market expectations. It will be the apartment builder who will determine the leasing arrangements. We’ve heard the interest in pet-friendly accommodation to be provided. It is too early to confirm which buildings will accommodate pets.

  • For the people in Phase 3 who may receive financial compensation if they choose to leave Ocean Breeze, when is the deadline to let management know their decision to receive their compensation? Thanks in advance.

    Sarah asked 9 months ago

    We have not yet set a deadline for Phase 3, but we will work hard to provide at least 60 days’ notice of any deadline for Phase 3 residents to make a decision. 

  • If we choose to stay what are the prices for the low rise townhomes and high rise apartments?

    Bubbles asked 9 months ago

    Right now, we have not determined the pricing for units in new residential buildings. It is anticipated that buildings will be built by a third party. We are and will continue to work with various levels of government and community agencies to develop plans for market-affordable housing options and we will engage with affected long-term residents when we have more information about potential long-term solutions.

  • The phase 3 development states "The third phase of the redevelopment will impact residents of 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 Princess Margaret Blvd." Could you please clarify that its the building numbers on the development that are part of phase 3 and not the civic addresses? The paragraph for phase 3 does not provide a clear differentiation as to whether its building numbers or civic address and it creates confusion and potential unnecessary stress. Thank you!

    Manilk asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The numbers provided are the building numbers on the map, not the civic address. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused.

     In terms of civic addresses:

    • Phase 2 affects residents from 320 Princess Margaret Blvd to 396 Princess Margaret Blvd
    • Phase 3 affects residents from 203 Princess Margaret Blvd to 229 Princess Margaret Blvd and 1 Ryan Gate to 58 Ryan Gate


    Letters were delivered to residents affected by Phases 2 and 3 on Wednesday, July 26th. If you live in the range of the civic address noted above and did not receive a letter, please email Hello@ReimagineOceanBreeze.ca.