East Vancouver rental project to be converted into non-market social housing

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      The City of Vancouver has set a public hearing on a proposed amendment to a development bylaw.

      The change will facilitate the conversion of an East Vancouver rental market project into non-market social housing.

      The Lu’ma Native Housing Society is planning to develop the site at southwest corner of Boundary Road and East 22nd Avenue for 23 units of social housing.

      The property was rezoned by council in 2016 upon application by W.T. Leung Architects Inc. on behalf of 0944881 B.C.

      The original application called for the development of a four-storey residential building with 23 market rentals.

      Lu’ma Native Housing Society bought the property after the rezoning.

      A city staff report explains that the Indigenous housing provider will do the development at 3819 Boundary Road with funding from B.C. Housing.

      In order to secure provincial funding, the development bylaw approved by the city needs to be amended to allow for the conversion of two undersized two-bedroom units into two one-bedroom accessible units.

      “This amendment would better meet the needs of the non-profit operator and allow the development to meet the BC Housing standards for minimum sizes for 2-bedroom units while assisting in the delivery of two additional accessible units,” according to the report prepared by Karen Hoese, assistant director of planning with the city.

      The public hearing is scheduled Tuesday (March 12).