Long-standing queer resource centre QMUNITY will be moving to a new, purpose-built city building at the corner of Burrard and Davie Street, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson announced Friday.
The new 10,000 sq. ft. centre will be located on the northeast corner, where an existing two-storey building currently stands. The new building will also include 116 units of new affordable rental housing, in a partnership with the City of Vancouver’s newly-creatred Affordable Housing Agency.
“I am thrilled thinking about the past, present, and future today. A new, purpose built facility,” says CJ Rowe, QMUNITY’s executive director, “will ensure that QMUNITY will be able to serve the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit communities well into the future.”
The new home for QMUNITY was made possible in part by a $7 million contribution from the redevelopment of Burrard Place, which is currently under construction.
QMUNITY has been operating for 38 years and was founded by a group of local organizations and businesses that came together to build a gay community centre in the West End.