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Housing for teachers planned on Commercial Drive

An innovative mixed-use building slated for Commercial Drive will provide office space for two teachers’ associations and housing for early-career educators.

The six-storey building at 2929 Commercial Drive will include 9,120 square feet of administration offices and teacher training spaces for VESTA and VSTA (Vancouver Elementary School Teacher’s Association and the Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association). It will replace the existing VESTA and VSTA building currently on the site, acquired in 1989 and formerly a bingo hall.

The architects of the new building are dys architecture.

Renderings: VESTA & VTSA housing and office space

Project location on Commercial Drive
Project location on Commercial Drive. Credit dys architecture
View from Commercial Drive looking northwest
View from Commercial Drive looking northwest. Credit dys architecture
View from above, looking southwest
View from above, looking southwest. Credit dys architecture

The upper floors will contain 27 secured market rental housing units, classified as social housing by the city due to their low end of market rents. There will also be a commercial retail unit on the ground floor and a 700 square foot amenity roof deck. Underground will be 25 vehicle parking spaces and 58 bicycle parking spaces.

The rezoning application is being considered under theĀ Kensington-Cedar Cottage Community Vision.

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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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