More modular housing approved in Vancouver 

By early next year Vancouver will have opened over 600 units of modular housing in one year—could this work in Whistler?

click to enlarge PHOTO BY DAN TOULGOET - HOME SWEET HOME Each 320-square-foot unit will feature a kitchenette, bathroom and living/sleeping area.
  • Photo by Dan Toulgoet
  • HOME SWEET HOME Each 320-square-foot unit will feature a kitchenette, bathroom and living/sleeping area.

The City of Vancouver will meet its goal of opening 600 units of temporary modular housing by early next year now that the director of planning has approved a 52-unit complex at 898 Main St. The approval was announced Oct. 9.

Ten locations across the city that have been designated for temporary modular housing. Construction and operation of the buildings has been made possible through $66 million in funding from the provincial government.

The 600-unit goal has actually been surpassed slightly-a total of 606 units are being constructed and 306 of those have already opened.

"I am thrilled that we've reached our milestone of providing 600 temporary modular homes in neighbourhoods across Vancouver in just one year," Mayor Gregor Robertson said in an Oct. 9 press release. "More than half of these new homes have already welcomed their first residents, with the remainder expected to open within the next few months. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and I am very grateful to the B.C. Government for partnering with the City of Vancouver to provide people with a roof over their heads and the support they need to get back on track."

Each 320-square-foot unit will feature a kitchenette, bathroom and living/sleeping area.

Six will be wheelchair accessible. The building will also include an amenity space with a commercial kitchen, laundry facilities, an administration office, and meeting rooms for the staff and residents.

Construction is expected to begin in December and be completed by February 2019.

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