The City of Vancouver finally approved some co-housing buildings that are going to be constructed in the empty lots on East 33rd Avenue. This new project is only 1 of a very small amount in Canada and it is aimed towards more affordable housing with shared bathroom, kitchen and common area facilities that can lead to cheaper infrastructure and maintenance fees as well.
The mayor of Vancouver has been striving hard to find solutions to the overwhelming cost of housing in the Greater Vancouver District. Its becoming an unaffordable city to live in and raise a family. If you need more than a 1 or 2 bedroom condo and make an average salary then you have no hopes.
This new social housing program is aimed at students, senoirs and young families that want a strong community and cannot afford individual housing. At the end of the day it might actually make a stronger city community as well!
With funding for public transit tighter than ever, a debate is slowly emerging over which city’s rapid transit priorities should be realized first: Surrey’s light-rail plan or Vancouver’s vision for a UBC-Broadway subway? There is no question that Surrey’s ambitions for improved public transit are important and should not be ignored. However, the demand is clearly evident for a Broadway subway to be designated priority given its immense ridership potential and importance for the entire region. Furthermore, the only solution to the Broadway Corridor’s transit woes is an underground continuation of our existing SkyTrain Millennium Line.
Say goodbye to the Whitespot and ugly unused parking lot they have at the corner of 12th Avenue West and Cambie Street. The empty parking lot used to be a gas station back in the day. Since there are no really strict laws about removing the fuel tanks after a gas station goes out of business or moves it usually means the lots remain empty for an extend period of time.
This is hopefully about to change. The New developer Shato Holdings Ltd. is proposing a new design that is going to bring back some more of the Chinatown feeling into the Cambie Village area. The proposal for use of space is as follows:
This will be a radical change the Cambie Village vibe and feel, the increase in height is a major concern. But things need to keep moving forward, if you are interested in knowing more, please don't hesitate to contact me.