616 East Cordova Street

This is a development permit application for a replacement facility in the DEOD part of the Downtown Eastside. Designed by NSDA Architects, it will be a seven storey building with non-market housing, a social services centre and childcare. The application hasn’t been posted on the City’s website yet, but the Urban Design Panel got to review the model seen here.

Right now there’s a two and three storey building, (originally just single storey in 1950, and then added onto in the early 1980s) with 14 housing units and some sleeping rooms. It’s run by the Union Gospel Mission as their Women & Families Centre. Funding from the BC government means the new building will have 63 supportive housing units, of which 36 are family units at shelter rates and the remaining 27 are treatment beds. It’s anticipated there will be about 120 beds across the 63 units.

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