The City of Calgary is putting three City-owned land sites up for sale, part of the third round of the municipal Non-Market Housing Land Sale program.

As was the case in previous rounds, the three City-owned pieces of land are available to be purchased by eligible non-profit organizations "with a successful and proven track record of providing and operating affordable housing," the City says.

Most importantly, the City is selling the land parcels at below market value.

"City of Calgary real estate transactions are normally negotiated on the basis of market value and in accordance with clearly defined Real Property Bylaw procedures and processes," the City website reads. "By Council policy, there is an exception to this practice: the Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Policy [that] allows for the sale of up to 10 parcels of surplus City-owned land at below market value to experienced non-profit affordable housing developers every two years."

This time around, however, the City is also offering a new funding program to purchasers of the three sites, in the form of a contribution of 20% of the project's total costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per door. The City says it hopes this will help expedite construction and delivery of the housing projects.

The three properties going up for sale were selected for their close proximity to community amenities, the City says.

The sites are as follows:

6623 Bowness Road NW

  • Community: Bowness
  • Lot Size: 19,911 sq. ft
  • Land Type: Multi-Family
  • Projected Yield: 50 units
  • Assessment Value: $761,500 (based on R-C2 land use)
  • Price: $561,000 + GST

6623 Bowness Road NW - Calgary City-Owned Non-Market Housing Disposition6623 Bowness Road NW. (City of Calgary)

24/26/38 28th Avenue SW

  • Community: Erlton
  • Lot Size: 36,377 sq. ft (4 parcels)
  • Land Type: Multi-Family
  • Projected Yield: 58 units
  • Assessment Value: Not Available
  • Price: $620,000 + GST

24-26-38 28th Avenue SW - Calgary City-Owned Non-Market Housing Disposition24/26/38 28th Avenue SW. (City of Calgary)

3416 3rd Avenue NW

  • Community: Parkdale
  • Lot Size: 10,491 sq. ft
  • Land Type: Multi-Family
  • Projected Yield: 35-50 units
  • Assessment Value: $1,500,000 (2022)
  • Price: $545,000 + GST

3416 3rd Avenue NW - Calgary City-Owned Non-Market Housing Disposition3416 3rd Avenue NW. (City of Calgary)

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Calgary Non-Market Housing Land Sale Program

The first two sale events the City of Calgary held were in 2018 and 2020. The City estimates that those two rounds have yielded 285 units of affordable housing for Calgarians, and expects this latest round to add over 100 more.

"With one in five Calgary families in need of affordable housing, all orders of government, non-profits, and industry must respond with urgency," Mayor Jyoti Gondek said on Monday.

In-person and virtual information sessions will be held on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28, respectively. The City is accepting purchaser applications from now until Friday, April 28, and will announce the chosen buyers at a public event at a later date.

The City says that the chosen purchasers will still be required to go through the development permit process and/or the land use amendment process prior to starting construction.