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Affordable rental homes slated for River District

The City of Vancouver’s affordable housing agency is planning a 26-storey tower and a six-storey midrise in the River District.

VAHA (Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency) and the Community Land Trust have partnered on the upcoming project at Sawmill Crescent and Marine Way.

The development will bring 337 rental units to the market, with 36 per cent of the units suitable for families. Approximately half of the homes will be operated by M’akola Housing Society, with a focus on serving an Indigenous population. The remaining homes will operate as a new co-operative.

Two levels of parking with 173 stalls is proposed, as well as 633 bicycle parking spaces.

The tower and midrise will be clad in maroon/dark red corrugated metal panels, inspired by the rust patinas formerly found on the site, which was once a sawmill. Architecture is by GBL Architects.

River District tower midrise
Credit: GBL Architects

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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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