Community garden near the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station slated to become Vancouver’s latest site for temporary modular housing
BY JULIE CHENG
Dec. 13, 2017, local residents packed the First Hungarian Presbyterian Church in the first of two information sessions to find out more about the temporary modular housing that the City of Vancouver has planned for 4410 Kaslo Street.
Currently a community garden, 4410 Kaslo is located across from the 29th Avenue SkyTrain station and Slocan Park. One three-storey building with 50 units is being considered there as housing for people experiencing homelessness.
Kaslo is the city’s fourth site planned for such housing, following sites in the Marpole neighbourhood and on Franklin and Powell streets in the Downtown Eastside.
Together the four sites make up roughly 200 out of the 600 new units of temporary modular housing that the city aims to place across Vancouver. The city is working on six to seven more sites, according to Abi Bond, director of affordable housing community services.
Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing at 220 Terminal Avenue opened in February 2017 and has been a “big success,” says Luke Harrison, CEO of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency. “It’s operating beautifully. There’s been no increase in crime. The residents have been good neighbours.”
Staff from Atira Women’s Resources Society will manage the Kaslo site and will connect its residents to support services such as health services.
Development permit timeline
December 13 and 14, 2017: Community information session to present project and gather feedback.
December 22, 2017: Public can provide input until December 22 via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the community information sessions.
January 2018: Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency applies for a development permit to build temporary modular housing at 4410 Kaslo Street.
January to February 2018: City and community partners hold another community information session to present the project and listen to feedback. Public has the opportunity to provide input for one week after the community information session via email (email@example.com) or at the community information session.
February 2018: The city’s director of planning determines whether a development permit will be issued.
Spring 2018: Once approved, it takes about three months for construction to be completed.
For more information visit Vancouver.ca/temporarymodularhousing.
Current City of Vancouver temporary modular housing projects
Franklin Street – 39 units on a 18,913 square-foot lot
Powell Street – 39 units on a 21,203 square-foot lot
Marpole – 2 buildings of 39 units; total 78 units on a 65,198 square-foot lot
Kaslo Street – 50 units on a 20,139 square-foot lot
The building sizes for Franklin, Powell and Marpole are about 15,000 square feet for each 39-unit structure, according to Luke Harrison of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency. The building planned for Kaslo would be closer to 25,000 square feet.
Did you know?
The 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver reports more than 2,100 people living in homeless shelters or on the street within Vancouver.