City of Vancouver plans to redevelop Fraser Street rental car lot into seniors housing

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      An open house will be held next week on a plan by the City of Vancouver to build social housing for seniors at a Fraser Street property.

      The Vancouver Affordable Housing Authority (VAHA) has proposed to develop a six-storey building with 56 housing units and a centre for seniors on ground level.

      The lot at 3510 Fraser Street is currently used by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

      When completed, there won’t be a lot of cars in the development. The proposal provides for only five parking spaces, and one space for car sharing.

      The site is one of 20 city-owned properties offered to senior levels of government to build affordable homes in partnership with VAHA, an agency created by the municipality.

      Artist’s rendering of the proposed six-storey building.

      VAHA has earlier identified B.C. Housing as one of its investment partners for the project.

      According to VAHA, the housing component will be operated by the Community Land Trust Foundation. The seniors centre will be managed by the 411 Seniors Centre Society. The two associations are also investment partners with VAHA in the project.

      The property is on the southeast corner of Fraser Street and 19th Avenue.

      Across 19th Avenue is the Glad Tidings Church, where the open house for the project will be held next week Thursday (November 16) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.