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Building façade inspired by Coast Salish blanket for East Hastings

An 11-storey social housing building with an integrated healing centre is slated for the corner of East Hastings and Columbia in the Downtown Eastside.

Currently the site is occupied by a former bank building, now Pigeon Park Savings, and an empty lot that is used for the Downtown Eastside street market.

The Aboriginal Land Trust is spearheading the redevelopment, with design by Urban Arts Architecture.

The new building is distinctive and draws from Coast Salish art. The façade will include glazed, coloured bricks in a pattern similar to a Coast Salish blanket. The tower portion of the building will be clad in a cementitious panel.

Aboriginal Land Trust housing and healing centre rendering
Rendering of the upcoming Aboriginal Land Trust housing and healing centre development at East Hastings and Columbia.

There will be 111 social housing units, with unit sizes ranging from studios to one, two and three bedrooms.

There will be a “food centre,” although details are not yet known on how the centre will operate. The development also includes a long house gathering space.

A community open house is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Chinese Cultural Centre – Exhibition Hall (Room 401), 50 E Pender Street.

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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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