The City of Vancouver has unveiled a demonstration unit for new modular housing designed as a temporary solution to the city’s housing crisis.
The 250 square foot modular suite is one of 40, designed by Horizon North, which will built at Main and Terminal by early next year.
Mayor Gregor Robertson calls it a an example of the “fresh thinking in the city’s approach to tackle (the) affordability crisis.”
The city says once built, it will work with a non-profit agency to tenant the new building, drawing from the BC Housing registry.
But Robertson says it’s too soon to say whether the program will accommodate lower-income or student housing as well.
“We want to see how it goes with people who need it the most and how acceptable it is to residents of the city, we want to be sure that there’s a good fit here”
Following the construction of the 40 suites at 1500 Main St., the city is planning 1,000 more in the following three years, and another 1,500 again two years after that.
As to where they’ll be built, Robertson says the city will gauge the public’s reaction to “how acceptable it is to residents.”
“Obviously where it goes is important, so we’ll be looking at different sites and making sure there’s lots of community input on where we choose to locate modular homes.”
For now, the model suite is located on Robson Street in front of the Art Gallery, and will be open to the public until November first.