The proposal to construct a new social housing building for Indigenous people at the southwest corner of the intersection of Columbia Street and East Hastings in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has advanced to the next stage of planning.
A development application has been submitted to turn 52 East Hastings Street — the location of Vancity’s Pigeon Park Savings, Shaldon Hotel supportive housing complex, Downtown Eastside Street Market, and an overdose prevention site — into a 129-ft-tall, 11-storey, mixed-use building.
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Designed by Urban Arts Architecture, there will be 111 social housing units, with 53 homes dedicated as supportive adult units — 50 studio units and three one-bedroom units. Another 58 homes are deemed for families — 11 studio units, 19 one-bedroom units, 25 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units.
Existing residents of the Shaldon Hotel will be provided with alternate accommodation during construction.
The building’s ground level will be utilized as a Vancouver Native Health Society healing centre, community food centre, and a “Long House” gathering space.
Raincity Housing and Lu’ma Native Housing Society will jointly operate the social housing component of the project.
Pigeon Park Savings will relocate to a retrofitted ground-level space within Vancity’s Vancouver Centre for Social & Economic Innovation at 312 Main Street, the former headquarters of the Vancouver Police Department.
Two underground levels will contain 60 vehicle parking stalls.
The building will have a total floor area of 109,000 sq. ft. on its 18,300-sq-ft lot, giving it a floor space ratio density of 5.95 times the size of its lot.
In June, the provincial government announced a contribution of $22.2 million towards the cost of constructing the building.