BC Housing is planning a 14-storey permanent modular social housing tower targeted at urban Indigenous people at risk of homelessness at the corner of East King Edward Avenue and Knight Street.
The development is partnership between BC Housing, Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), M’Akola Development Services, Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS), and the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS). It will be managed and operated through an Urban Indigenous lens.
Stantec is the architect and is working with Bird/Stack Modular team on the permanent modular volumetric steel building. The modular building form will allow for quick construction, passive house features, and minimization of any construction waste.
The tower will contain 109 modular studio units complete with bathrooms, kitchens, a living area and storage. On the ground and second floors will be service spaces, offices for tenant support workers, and shared amenity spaces such as common dining area, shared laundry and a tenant lounge.
Outdoor amenity spaces are provided on nine decks on typical floors, along with a large outdoor rooftop area on Level 14.
The development is in the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood, and across the street from the King Edward Village mixed-use development project.
It’s the second Indigenous-led housing project to recently be profiled on urbanYVR.