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Neighborhood Groups Ask Council for 139 New Social Housing Units

Photo by April Smith

Vancouver City Council held a Public Hearing last night  to consider zoning by-law amendments for 111 Princess Avenue (formerly 590 Alexander Street): To rezone from DEOD (Downtown Eastside Oppenheimer District) to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to permit a 10-storey residential building with 5.29 FSR (floor space ratio) . The development of 139 supportive housing units is proposed and specifically meets the objectives of the Housing Plan for the Downtown Eastside, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the Province pertaining to the 12 City-owned sites.

Neighborhood organizations such as  CCAP, DERA, First United Church, UGM, as well as psychologists and area residents showed up to support the development permit application for the construction of 139 new units of supportive housing at 111 Princess to be manage by PHS Community Services Society in partnership with BC Housing
As promised by the Government of BC, the new units will be "social and supportive housing to accommodate the homeless and those at risk ofhomelessness who are living on the streets or in shelters, and those living in inadequate single room occupancy hotels"
Part of the agreement between BC Housing and the PHS Community Services Society will be to provide around the clock staffing with funding for two qualified housing managers working at all times, 24/7, in order to support the residents and work with members of the local neighbourhood to ensure everyone in our community remains healthy and safe.
The intent of this development is to build a two part building, 7 and 10 storeys respectively with a contemporary design (complying with the environmental Gold LEED standard) which includes expressed circulation, strategies of energy generation, solar orientation and street animation. Two roof terraces will serve the building residents and will provide opportunities for gardening.
Public hearing will continue Thursday, October 8 at 7:30pm Third Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue

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