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Affordable rental housing proposed for eastern edge of Gastown

The MPA Society, a non-profit organization that offers housing to those facing mental health challenges, has applied to build a new six-storey building on the eastern edge of Gastown.

The site, at 124 Powell Street between Main and Columbia, is currently a vacant lot used for parking. It is also next door to the MPA offices.

NSDA Architects have designed a narrow, six-storey building for the lot, with 20 self-contained studio units each measuring 325 sq ft.

The building will have service areas and amenity spaces on the ground floor overlooking the street, and a third-floor amenity area with planters.

As the building’s residents are unlikely to own vehicles, there will be only one parking spot provided, along with one loading area in the rear laneway.

There will be bicycle parking spots for all residents, and every second spot will have an electrical outlet for e-bikes.

124 Powell Street MPA Society affordable rentals
Rendering showing light well. Credit: NSDA Architects
124 Powell Street MPA Society affordable rentals street front
Street front with amenity area looking onto sidewalk. Credit: NSDA Architects

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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