Public contribution will begin on Kitsilano homeless housing next to the future Arbutus station
A public consultation on the 140-unit supportive unit tower proposed by BC Housing immediately north of the future Arbutus SkyTrain station will take place next month.
Although the provincial government first announced the project in February 2021, details of the official rezoning request to the City of Vancouver have only just been released.
The vacant land in Kitsilano at 2086-2098 West 7th Avenue and 2091 West 8th Avenue – the northeast corner of the intersection of Arbutus Street and West 8th Avenue, just west of the Arbutus Greenway – would be redeveloped into a 164-foot-high lot, 13-storey residential tower for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Supportive Housing is intended as a temporary housing stage for its residents – the transition from shelters to social housing.
All the units in this building will be single occupancy studios, with a bathroom and storage space. No kitchenettes are provided in the units, but residents will receive meals daily in a large downstairs dining room.
A non-profit housing operator will manage the building 24/7 and provide services to residents. The other spaces on the ground floor include multipurpose spaces, a shared kitchen, a shared laundry room, a medical room, consultation rooms and a heat treatment room.
Residents will also have access to a large outdoor terrace on the second level facing the Arbutus greenway, and a small lounge area will be located on each residential level.
“The design team created an array of social spaces throughout the project. The high-frequency traffic lanes intentionally pass through the supporting spaces to maximize meetings and greetings with staff, ”reads the design logic of Human Studios Architecture & Urban Design.
“The main amenity space is modest in size compared to typical social housing projects to ensure an inviting and warm environment to relax and participate in activities. “
It will be the first large modular steel building to receive passive house green building certification. The modular levels are based on a concrete parking level and the modular exterior is concealed by a mosquito net facade.
A brick facade on the lower floors of the building, including the podium, mimics the brick facade of St. Augustine Elementary School across the street. On the lower facade facing the Arbutus greenway, a giant text will read “ARBUTUS GREEN”.
Only six vehicle parking spaces will be provided for operating staff, while 154 bicycle parking spaces will be made available to residents.
The total floor area is 85,551 square feet, creating a floor area ratio density of 4.42 times the land size of 19,349 square feet.
After a public consultation in November 2021, the proposal is expected to go to a public hearing in the spring of 2022 for Vancouver City Council’s review and decision. Construction could begin shortly thereafter in mid-2022.
BC Housing is also proposing to construct a 12 story modular building with 90 supportive units at 1406-1410 East King Edward.
The two projects combined represent the bulk of the provincial government’s strategy, announced in September 2020, to build 350 additional permanent support modular homes in Vancouver for the homeless.