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Aaron Webster Housing Co-operative plans new building

A rezoning for the Aaron Webster Housing Co-operative proposes adding a six-storey co-op housing building at East Pender and Victoria Drive.

The new building will have 64 units over 29 parking stalls. It is targeting low to moderate income households, seniors and those with disabilities.

The present building on the site is a four story multi-family apartment building set for demolition.  

1885 E Pender St rendering
Rendering of upcoming cooperative housing development at 1885 East Pender Street. Credit: RLA Architects Inc.
1885 E Pender St rendering
Rendering of upcoming cooperative housing development at 1885 East Pender Street. Credit: RLA Architects Inc.
1885 E Pender St location
Location of upcoming development at 1885 East Pender. Credit: RLA Architects Inc.

“The dominant exterior materials are hardipanel and a reverse board and batten siding. The building rests on monolithic frames that ground the base of the building to the site while the feature coloured upper levels break up the massing with a mix of vaulted pop ups,” states the design rationale.

The project also features design strategies to reduce passive energy consumption. Horizontal sun screens on the south and vertical sun screens on the east and west living spaces will help reduce summer heat gain and negate the need for air conditioning.

The application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

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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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