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Vancouver considering temporary modular housing site near Olympic Village

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The City of Vancouver is considering 215 West First Ave. as a site for temporary modular housing. Photo Jessica Kerr

The City of Vancouver is considering another site for temporary modular housing — about 50 homes next to Olympic Village.

The new building is proposed for 215 West First Ave., just west of Hinge Park and next to Sole Food’s Olympic Village Farm. Sole Food works to transform urban land into street farm and is working with the city and BC Housing on possible links between urban farming and the proposed development.

With the consideration of this latest site, more than 550 new homes on nine sites are in various stages of development — 156 are already build and tenanted.

The West First Avenue site will have to go through the development permit application process and, according to a City of Vancouver press release, city staff have started connecting with local residents, businesses, schools and community groups in the area.

“The City will also hold community information sessions to share more details on the proposed project,” the city said in a statement. “Feedback gathered will inform the Director of Planning’s consideration of the development permit and provide BC Housing and the selected non-profit operator with feedback on the proposed operation of the buildings.”

The proposed new homes would be funded through the provincial government’s $66 million commitment to build 600 temporary modular housing units in the city, and is part of a larger initiative to build 2,000 units across the province.

If approved, the building would be managed by a non-profit housing operator selected by BC Housing and would include 24/7 support services for tenants.

Approved temporary modular housing sites include:

  • 7439 and 7460 Heather St. - 78 homes built and tenanted
  • 1131 Franklin St. - 39 homes built and tenanted
  • 525 Powell - 39 homes built and tenanted
  • 4480 (formerly 4410) Kaslo St. - 52 homes under construction
  • 2132 Ash St. (formerly 595 and 599 West Second Ave.) – 52 homes under construction
  • Little Mountain – 46 homes approved
  •  306 homes in total

Temporary modular housing site at development permit stage include:

  • 688 Cambie St. – approximately 100 homes, development permit application submitted
  • 4949 Heather St. – approximately 100 homes, development permit application submitted
  • 215 West First Ave. – approximately 50 homes, development permit submitted
  • Approximately 250 proposed homes

For more information on temporary modular housing, visit www.vancouver.ca/temporarymodularhousing.