This Downtown Eastside rezoning project on East Hastings was first mentioned here at the end of 2012. The original rezoning version was designed by Perkins + Will for the Atira Development Society, with two floors of commercial space and twelve of residential above that. The housing mix was complex; there were 169 units with a mix of self-contained rental units; Housing Income Limits units and affordable home ownership units, some guaranteed as rental units for a minimum of 15 years. That’s the render of the first version below.
Now that the rezoning has been approved there’s a revised version submitted for a Development Permit with a new design by IBI Group. The design has a more glazed appearance, and it now includes 198 units, still maintaining a mix of market and non-market housing over retail. It was given unanimous support by the Urban Design Panel.
It sits next door to the Lux, a BC Housing funded scheme completed in 2009 and designed by GBL. It will replace a modest 3 storey building, best known as the recent home of United We Can which has moved to the False Creek Flats.