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Temporary modular housing proposed for site of new Vancouver Art Gallery

While Vancouver waits for its new art gallery, the City of Vancouver is hoping the parking lot on Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and West Georgia can help alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis.

The city has mailed out a notification card to Crosstown residents, advising that the parking lot at 688 Cambie Street is being considered as a site for temporary modular housing.

Two modular housing buildings are proposed for the Dunsmuir Street side of the parking lot, with a total of 100 suites for singles. A minimum of 10 per cent of suites will be wheelchair accessible. All units are self-contained, with their own bathroom and kitchen.

The temporary modular housing will be in place for three to five years, with the option to extend for another five years. The city says the temporary housing will not delay or impact construction of the new Vancouver Art Gallery.

Conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery
The conceptual design for the new Vancouver Art Gallery at Cambie Street and West Georgia. Credit: Vancouver Art Gallery
Future site of Vancouver Art Gallery
The parking lot is the future site of the new Vancouver Art Gallery.
EasyPark lot Cambie Street
The large parking lot is operated by city-owned EasyPark.
modular housing terminal ave
The city’s first modular housing project for the homeless at Terminal and Main in Vancouver. Credit: City of Vancouver

The city is midway through building 1,000 new social housing and supportive housing units across the city, many of which are temporary modular housing units.

The units are preferred by the city as they can be set up in as little as four months from the date of permit approval. They can also be relocated and reconfigured in the future.

Despite the city’s efforts, homelessness in Vancouver continues to rise.┬áThe 2018 homeless count showed 2,181 people are facing homelessness in Vancouver, up two per cent from 2017.

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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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