A prominent city block on Main Street near the northern tip of Kingsway in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is set to be redeveloped with a new social housing development and public space.
Earlier this month, Vancouver City Council approved a rezoning application submitted by its Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA) for the site at 2221 Main Street.
The nine-storey building will have 145 social housing units, with residential in the upper levels and retail and restaurant space on the ground level.
There will be 28 studio units, 45 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, and 30 three-bedroom units.
The municipal government says 44 units will be rented to a maximum of BC Housing Income Limits, and the average rents across all units will not exceed 80% of the neighbourhood’s average area rental rates.
The project will be developed by Catalyst Community Development Society and Marcon Developments Ltd.
A 12,000 sq. ft. public park to be owned and operated by the Vancouver Park Board is also proposed for the southern half of the block. However, the public space component of the project is not a part of the approved rezoning application and will undergo a separate design process in the future.
This development is just one of several projects slated for the Main Street corridor between 2nd Avenue and Broadway.
Across Vancouver, VAHA is currently working on 19 new housing projects on City-owned land that will create 2,200 new affordable rental housing.