Here’s one of the thirteen non-market housing projects funded by BC Housing on land provided by the City of Vancouver. It’s big – 147 rooms – and managed by the Raincity Housing and Support Society. It’s named after Lorna Budzey who died in 2000, a resident of Raincity’s first shelter. The building is designed by Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams Architects and is 10 storeys high.
The site was previously the home of the Drake Hotel, a small (24 room) hotel dating back to 1912, and bought by the City of Vancouver in 2007 at the same time the Province started buying SRO Hotels. The City carried out a basic renovation of the property to allow it to be used as temporary rooms for tenants whose building was being given a more significant upgrade that meant they had to move out for a while. The hotel’s neon sign, dating back to 1950, is in the Museum of Vancouver’s neon collection.
Before image, 2008; after image, 2015
Not all the new non-market housing is being built Downtown. Here’s an 8-storey newly built 103 unit building on East Broadway. Designed by Neale Staniskis Doll Adams it incorporates the Broadway Youth Resource Centre that had been located here previously. Initial plans for the BC Housing funded construction (on a site provided by the City of Vancouver) had 11 storeys, but this was reduced to better fit with the surrounding scale of development.
Karis Place is another new non-market housing project completed in 2011. This one is in Downtown South, next to the Granville Street off-ramp (and the 40+ storey tower ‘The Mark’ has been built).
Karis Place, like the Pacific Coast Apartments and The Lux on Pender Street pre dates the ’12 sites’ agreement with BC Housing; so is in addition to those projects, and similarly built on land provided by the City of Vancouver. Like the 2009 Kindred Place to the south it was designed by Neale Staniszkis Doll Adams and is managed by the Mennonite Housing Society. It’s built to LEED Gold standard, and has a geothermal heating system (which caused a few problems for the underpinning of The Mark’s underground parking).
before image 2008: after image 2011
Altogether fourteen sites for new non-market housing were offered by the City of Vancouver for funding by the Provincial Government. This was the first to be completed, with 80 tenants moving in from January 2011. Although it has a Station Street address, it also fronts onto Main Street. All the schemes are designed to meet LEED Gold standards; this one is by Neale, Staniskis, Doll, Adams. The site was cleared for many years, altghough you can just see where a smaller 2-storey building used to stand on the southern end of the site.
Before images 2008; after images 2011
A provincially funded non-market housing project which now has a twin across the lane – although non-identical twins. Both run by the Mennonite Housing Society, Kindred Place was completed in 2009 and designed by Neale Staniskis Doll Adams. It has 87 self-contained units on 12 floors. Built on land provided by the city of Vancouver to meet the housing goals for the Downtown South area, it was a model for twelve more similar non-market housing projects across the city over the following few years.
Like many other Downtown South projects, it replaced some small and undistinguished commercial building.
before image 2007: after image 2009