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40-storey social housing tower slated for Richards and Drake

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A 40-storey social housing tower with cultural spaces for the Ismaili community is slated for the corner of Richards and Drake streets.

The property is currently a two-storey commercial building that’s home to an Ismaili community center and jamatkhana.

Ismaili Community Center And Jamatkhana
The Ismaili Community Center and Jamatkhana at 508 Drake Street.

The new development will replace the existing community centre and jamatkhana (place of worship), providing 32,300 square feet of new worship, social and educational space in the podium, and 198 social housing units in the tower above.

The unique, triangular design of the tower by DA Architects and Planners is due to the view cone that cuts across the site.

Building program
Building program. Credit: DA Architects and Planners
Site of Richards and Drake social housing tower
Site of upcoming social housing tower and cultural space at Richards and Drake streets. Credit: DA Architects and Planners

The goal for the project is to create an “urban mixed-use project including community hub, where people can convene in a number of ways including socializing, learning, praying, living, and supporting each other.”

The design of the building will make use of passive shading devices to help reduce heating and cooling load. A variety of unit sizes will be available including studios, one and two bedrooms. Fifty-five underground parking stalls will be provided, and 133 class “A” bicycle parking stalls.

Renderings: Richards and Drake tower

View of social housing tower at 1317 Richards
View looking south and aerial view looking south of upcoming social housing tower at Richards and Drake. Credit: DA Architects and Planners
View of social housing tower at 1317 Richards
View of corner of Richards and Drake and view looking north down Drake Street of upcoming social housing tower. Credit: DA Architects and Planners
View of social housing tower at 1317 Richards
View looking north and view looking south of upcoming social housing tower at Richards and Drake. Credit: DA Architects and Planners
View of social housing tower at 1317 Richards
View looking north and view looking down Richards Street of upcoming social housing tower. Credit: DA Architects and Planners

A virtual open house is being hosted by Larco, owners of the Park Royal Shopping Centre, online this week. Join the live Q&A on Nov. 18 at: https://1317richards508drake.com/

Peter Meiszner
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