City approves affordable housing for families in Strathcona - North America’s tallest residential modular housing complex

A new modular housing project with 21 social housing units for women and women-led families was approved at last night's City Council Public Hearing. The project, located at 420 Hawks Avenue, will include seven micro dwellings and 14 two bedroom units built 'modular style', offering flexibility in design while providing high quality and efficient living space for families.

“Modular housing is an innovative way to provide more affordable housing for Vancouver families,” says Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We know our housing market is very difficult for people on low and fixed incomes and we urgently need creative projects built at low cost. This project by Atira will be a good boost for families in Strathcona.”

A unique aspect of the development is the use of modular shipping containers, which helps cut down on the cost of construction. The development will be seven stories, making it the tallest modular housing project in North America.

The new housing on Hawks is close to essential community services and recreational amenities like the Strathcona Elementary School and Strathcona Community Centre, making it ideally placed for families to benefit from these new affordable housing units.

Working towards achieving the goals of the Downtown East Side Plan (DTES), this development will also feature retail and community space on the ground floor as part of the mixed use building. The project also includes an investment of $600,000 from CMHC.

Since 2012, the City of Vancouver has contributed more than $250 million in land and $360 million invested in creating new affordable housing.

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