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New JCC Community Centre part of phase one redevelopment

A new, nine-storey community centre for the JCC on West 41st Avenue near Oak Street is moving forward with a development permit filed by Acton Ostry Architects.

The new community centre is phase one of the JCC redevelopment project, which will also include the addition of non-market, residential housing in its second phase.

JCC phasing of development
JCC phasing of development. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

The new community centre will measure 24,000 square metres (258,333 square feet) and will be constructed on an existing surface parking lot. It will include a childcare facility, gym, fitness centre, pool, seniors centre, school of music and theatre, Holocaust Education Centre and administrative space.

The JCC Early Childhood Education program will more than double its licensed all-day child
care capacity from its current enrolment of 50 licensed spaces to a new enrolment of 108
licensed spaces. There will be an outdoor, rooftop play area for the childcare centre.

Rendering of JCC redevelopment
Rendering of JCC redevelopment. Credit: Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver

The community centre fa├žade will be clad in a high-quality, modular cladding system with varying levels of transparency, shading and texture. Architects are considering a range of material options for the cladding system, including warm-coloured terra cotta and cementitious material.

Completion of the phase one community centre is targeted for 2024.

Phase two of the JCC redevelopment project will consist of 500-600 units of rental housing, and is expected to be completed in 2027-2028.

The JCC redevelopment is directly across from the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment, which was recently acquired by Grosvenor.

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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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