Ground breaks on East Vancouver affordable housing project

Shovels have hit the ground in East Vancouver, marking the beginning of construction on an affordable housing project that is going to bring 123 homes to the area.

The seven-storey Vienna House project, initially announced in 2018 as part of a cooperation agreement with the city of Vienna and Vancouver, is coming to life through BC Housing, the City of Vancouver, and the More Than a Roof Housing Society.

“This affordable-housing project is providing individuals and families with 123 safe and environmentally responsive homes, so people can stay in the community they know,” said Ravi Kahlon, minister of housing. “Our Homes for People action plan is all about increasing housing supply faster, so everyone can find a home that suits their needs, and it is partner projects like this that are helping us reach our housing goals.”

The project, along Stainsbury Avenue near Trout Lake, will combine shelter, low-income, and market rental units.

It will also house a mixture of 29 studio units, 37 one-bedroom units, 35 two-bedroom units, 16 three-bedroom units, and six four-bedroom suites.

Ten per cent of the homes will also be accessible for those with disabilities. The province says all the units available will also be adaptable.

A unique project, the building is also a partnership with the cities of Vienna and Vancouver, and also includes a research agreement with the University of British Columbia.

In the coming years, Vienna will have its own ‘Vancouver House,’ using the learnings from both cities and UBC.

“Vienna House embodies our commitment to innovative, sustainable solutions in tackling Vancouver’s housing affordability crisis,” said Ken Sim, mayor of Vancouver. “Through strong partnerships and a focus on energy-efficient design, we’re not just building homes, but shaping a future where affordable living is a reality for all Vancouverites.”

The province and city expect the project to be completed in 2025, with residents moving in shortly after the fall.

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