BC Housing, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and the City of Vancouver, has submitted a proposal to rezone the site at 1636 Clark Drive and 1321-1395 East 1st Avenue from I-2 (Industrial) and RM-4N (Multiple Dwelling) Districts to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District. If approved, the project will bring spaces for social enterprises, a drug withdrawal management centre, and social housing. This project provides a collaborative response to the opioid epidemic and affordable housing shortage in Vancouver.

View from south-west, image via HDR/CEI

Designed by HDR Architecture and CEI Architecture, the building will consist of a podium spanning the length of the site and two towers. It will replace an empty lot, a low-rise rental building, and several single-family houses. There will be 97 units of social housing containing a mix of 13 studios, 45 one-bedroom, 27 two-bedroom, and 12 three-bedroom units. Residents will have access to indoor and outdoor amenity spaces. The apartments will have either full-sized balconies or Juliette balconies.

Podium, image via HDR/CEI

There will be only 39 car pads to 100 bicycle parking spaces, the building to be well-served by public transit with a bus route along Clark Avenue and a 10-minute walk to VCC-Clark Skytrain station. The location also scores an impressive 95 points on Walkscore and is within a 5-minute walk to multiple amenities on Commercial Drive.

Building section, image via HDR/CEI

The new drug withdrawal treatment centre will replace a smaller facility located at 377 East 2nd Avenue. There will be facilities for addiction treatment providing 51 inpatient withdrawal management beds on-site and out-patient withdrawal management options and 20 beds of short-term transitional housing.

Site context, image via City of Vancouver

The application was filed on May 1, 2018, and a community open house took place on June 11th, with the applicant team and architects available to answer questions and collect feedback on the proposal. The public can also provide comments by filling out an online feedback form. http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1636clark/feedback.htm  Unsurprisingly, there were many members of the local community voicing their opposition to the project, citing safety concerns, increased traffic, and poor fit in the surrounding neighbourhood both in terms of architecture and purpose.

Scale model, image by Alissa Reed

We will keep you updated as more details on this project emerge. In the meantime, you can review project facts and renderings by visiting the relevant Database files linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

Related Companies:  City of Vancouver, Endall Elliot Associates, IBI Group, The Onni Group, Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency, Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Vancouver Coastal Health, W. T. Leung Architects , Wall Financial Corporation