We keep hearing about artists being priced out of Metro Vancouver, but Concord Pacific’s latest condo development along the Canada Line in Richmond is hoping to change that.
The local developer has announced a new, affordable rental opportunity exclusively for artists who can demonstrate financial need.
As part of the City of Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy, 20 new Artist Residency Tenancy (ARTS) Units are now available to tenants who meet specific eligibility requirements regarding their income and professional artistic practice.
The ground-level loft-style units feature concrete floors, double-height studio work space, rolling garage door-style fronts, and a connecting living area totalling 918 to 1,025 square feet, with a balcony covering 60 square feet.
Located within the new Concord Gardens development, the units are rented at $837 per month, including hot water and gas. They’re suitable for artists of any discipline whose work does not involve amplified music, loud equipment, fumes, or excessive dust. While living in this community, tenants can network with fellow artists and have access to a range of amenities, including a fitness room, indoor pool, and rooftop garden.
“We worked closely on piloting this new initiative with the City of Richmond,” said Peter Webb, Senior VP of Development for Concord Pacific. “We are proud to be first to introduce Artist Residency Tendency in our Concord Gardens neighbourhood. It encourages a diverse community while providing affordable live-work spaces to support local artists and their crafts in Metro Vancouver. “
Located within the Capstan Village (City Centre) neighbourhood of Richmond, Concord Gardens is within a 12-minute walk of the Canada Line Bridgeport Station and just 17 minutes from downtown Vancouver. A fast-growing city, Richmond is home to a robust public art program, active arts community, and the well-regarded Richmond Art Gallery.
To qualify, artists must make their primary living from their art practice(s) and have a gross annual household income not exceeding $33,500 (as per the City of Richmond Affordable Housing guidelines).
View the units, floor plans, and downloadable application form online. If you’re interested, be sure to submit your application by August 11 to be included in the first round of screening and qualifying.