1500 Main Street


main-2ndThis is undoubtedly the fastest completion of housing we’ve recorded here. We first posted in October last year, when this project was first announced. It is already completed and tenants will be moving in very soon.

1500-main-render-2The 40 unit non-market housing scheme is a temporary use of a city-owned site at Main and Terminal. The pre-fab modular housing can be moved to another location when development of the longer-term use of the site has been determined under the False Creek Flats Plan. The architects are Blue Green Architecture, (based in Kamloops and Kelowna) and this seems quite a departure from the portfolio of work on their website. The project was built by Horizon North, a Calgary based company who have built resource camp housing, and the developer is the City’s Housing Agency.

The building can be relocated and reconfigured to fit a number of different sites. Even the foundation system is adaptable and reusable. 40 single occupancy suites have self-contained bathrooms and kitchens, individual climate control, and private living space. The building features include indoor and outdoor amenity space, a central laundry, and a number of wheelchair accessible suites on the first floor. All of these homes will be available to individuals on income assistance or fixed incomes. The site will be operated by a non-profit society. Initially the City were funding the $3.5m project, but now the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will provide $1.5 million through its new innovation fund, Vancity are providing a grant of $100,000, while the estate of Jimmy Chow has donated over $1 million.

The mural on the side of the building is by Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations artist Bracken Hanuse Corlett.

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