On Bute near Georgia, a gorgeous oldie. Clearly maintained with love and care.
On Bute near Georgia, a gorgeous oldie. Clearly maintained with love and care.
Located at 1099 Richards Street, the New Jubilee House will provide 162 units of affordable housing (compared to 87 units in its previous location), with larger amenity spaces and improved access for those with limited mobility.
The building was built and operates under care of the 127 Society:
Today the Society houses 259 people in three apartment buildings. The Society partnered with the City of Vancouver and CMHC on its first building, Jubilee House, which opened in 1986 and will close in 2016; with BC Housing and CMHC on retrofitting heritage apartment building Brookland Court, which opened in 1989; with BC Housing and the City of Vancouver on The Wellspring, which opened in 1997; and with the City of Vancouver, Brenhill Developments, and BC Housing on New Jubilee House which opens in 2016 to replace the original Jubilee House.
An important step for what is really one of Vancouver’s heritage neighbourhoods: South False Creek (between Granville Island and the Cambie Bridge) – a master-planned community by the City, incorporating many of the radical ideas in urban design and social policy originating in the early 1970s, and largely achieved.
From the neighbourhood newsletter via ‘Items from Ian.’
False Creek South (FCS) residents achieved a notable success on July 13th. At *RePlan’s first public meeting with Vancouver City Council, Councillors voted unanimously on a five-point motion proposed by Councillor Reimer, which we believe will lay the foundation for lease renewal, with affordable options to enable all leasehold residents to stay in the community if they choose.
To find out whether CLTs are the vehicle to retain much needed affordable housing and finance future sustainable and locally guided development on publicly-owned land, such as False Creek South, *RePlan organizes a public lecture on September 8 and a full-day professional development course on September 9, 2016.
Plus a little urban forest, a beach, people enjoying the public space (what I think of as an urban dweller’s back yard). And a terrific sky. And palm trees. And quite a contrast between green/yellow and beige/grey buildings. At Davie and Denman.
The Alexander Street Community — Alexander St and Princess Ave.
The project at 111 Princess Avenue is a 139-unit, mid-rise multi-unit residential located in Vancouver, BC. This supportive housing facility is run by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) Community Services Society, who provides community residents of inner city neighbourhoods with programs, support and housing to help stabilize their lives.
The Alexander Street Community provides 100 units of low-barrier permanent housing and 39 units of clinically supported transitional housing for individuals living with physical and mental health issues, substance dependencies and a gamut of other challenges – often concurrently.
The Alexander Street Community is a purpose-built LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building that has been operated by PHS since opening recently; it is also one of 14 recently-opened sites facilitated by land donations from the City of Vancouver.
795 E Powell St. at Hawks Ave.
Architectural sculpture at Hornby and Georgia
Near 2nd and Brunswick in Mount Pleasant. Had a pleasant little chat with one of the owners, who told me there was a tussle with others in the building who wanted to paint these red areas black.
Sofia near E 7th Ave. — Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant — near 2nd and Brunswick
Mount Pleasant — near Main & Kingsway
Text and images by Mike Klassen
Marine Gateway is the very model of the highly-touted TOD (transit-oriented development) and one which the City of Vancouver and development community have a stake in its success.
In preparation for a recent Heritage Vancouver talk about shaping our neighbourhoods, I decided to make a quick morning stop at Marine Gateway. To be fair, the place was extremely quiet as some businesses such as the Cineplex had not opened yet.
I arrived via the underground parking lot elevator which exits on to Marine Drive. A quick left turn out of the elevator took me past a large air duct toward the central square shopping area. Right there I was walloped by the smell of rotting garbage being blown up from the basement. I surmised that perhaps a garbage bin had been parked too close to the intake in the garage – something I hope that is easily rectifiable as it makes for an unpleasant sensory impression.
The “square” as I will call it features a long plaza that opens north to the busy Marine Drive intersection and looks toward newer towers — many of which are rental.
The surface of the square features many nice touches, such as cast metal grates with words stencilled into them. The covered walkway on the east side of the square is made of wooden planks, which remind me a bit of walking in Steveston’s old cannery district with its restaurants and ice cream joints. It’s a nice touch and it will be interesting to see how this surface is maintained over the long term.
The use of transparent glass awnings provide both weather protection for much of the space, but also allow a clear view up toward the surrounding buildings. People in offices to the east and residences to the west both would have a clear view of the square below too, making the area more inviting and safe.
There are many unoccupied retail spaces in the development, but one presumes that it will be a matter of time before they are filled. Just like with Olympic Village, it took a few brave business proprietors to be the first ones in, with the rest of the spaces eventually being leased.
There are a few “anchor tenants” already in place. The T&T Supermarket is geared toward Vancouver’s Chinese community (a prominent part of south Vancouver’s population). The Cineplex theatre will make MG a destination for movie-goers who love the big-screen surround-sound experience. There’s a English pub-style eatery (with an intriguing outdoor patio that hangs over the bus loop). There are two banks, a dentist’s office, a government liquor store, and a Winner’s clothing store. The latter is very much geared to low-to-middle income shoppers, many of whom live in nearby homes and apartments.
From a distance Marine Gateway has a cool aquamarine hue from the glass and metal finish of the building exteriors. Up close in the square there is an attempt to make it seem more warm, with some wood finishes and orange-coloured glass along the west balcony.
The plaza features raised garden beds with water percolating in them. Each bed has a cast metal plaque with the name of a tributary of the Fraser River, and a sort of homage to BC’s salmon run is embedded beside each. Not sure how much shoppers will engage on these details, but they are distinctive at least.
Marine Gateway certainly garnered its share of controversy for the urban design, the location on the edge of our industrial land base, and its displacement of existing low rental housing. It is definitely a “work in progress” but one that makes a respectable first impression. Though I did not try that hard I was surprised that I did not intuitively know how to get to the Canada Line station from the square. Perhaps I just missed the signage.
In the long run I think the city and the developers must give some consideration to how to bridge the intersection at Marine and Cambie, which is always massively busy and not at all pedestrian or bike friendly. It will make the difference in the success of the development as a whole.
Mount Pleasant area — near Main & Kingsway
Main and Kingsway area — Mount Pleasant
Did you know that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin’s brother is an architect? Alexander Martin may not be as famous as his musical sibling, but his London-based firm has been making waves in the English capital with a beautiful series of modern yet historically sensitive residential projects.
Not to be outdone, Coldplay themselves have pulled out all the architectural stops in their new music video for “Up and Up,” the third single from new album “A Head Full of Dreams.
Wandering around the Main/Kingsway area (Mount Pleasant)
Released today, some material on the proposed new medical complex north of Main & Terminal. This would replace the original St. Paul’s, built in 1923. More HERE on the public consultation process. Hi-res animation (1:03) HERE.
The early-day concepts have been developed by PHC’s redevelopment design team and show the major “building blocks” for the new St. Paul’s campus, potential configurations and heights of buildings on the site, as well as potential roads, entrances, paths, parking, green spaces and more.
Another public open house event is on Wednesday 4 pm to 7 pm at Thornton Park (in front of the train station at Main & Terminal). Click photo for hi-res version.
From Rick Jelfs – a picture of the original house on the property at Alma and Point Grey Road:
Replaced by this:
The conversation is here.