Major redev of mall site

A major redevelopment of Vancouver's Oakridge Mall lands would see a five-storey civic centre, 22-storey non-market housing building and a nine-acre park.

Henriquez Partners Architects has filed a development application for the 28-acre mall site.

In May, the Development Permit Board approved Henriquez’ development permit for three residential buildings (buildings six, seven and eight), while the application for two other luxury condo buildings (buildings three and four) was approved in October 2018. In all, there will be about 2,000 market condo units in the overall Oakridge redevelopment.

The city anticipates nine development permits in total.

The civic centre, which is part of the most recent application, will include a fitness centre, a library, a daycare facility, a 55-plus seniors centre, a youth services “hub,” performance space, artist-in-residence studios, and associated ancillary cultural and recreational spaces.

The 22-storey tower (building 2) will feature 187 non-market social housing units. Those units are among a total of 290 City of Vancouver-owned, below-market rental housing units the developer is obligated to include in the redevelopment. A future building — building nine — will feature the balance of the units. (The developer is also obligated to include 290 secured market rental units in the project).

The goal is to rent all 290 social housing units at rates that are affordable to households with incomes below BC Housing’s Housing Income Limits. Key priorities for these units, according to the City of Vancouver, include seniors, families with children and people with disabilities. In Vancouver, to qualify for HILs rates in 2019 (they are updated annually), a household income can’t be more than $51,500 for a bachelor or one-bedroom, $63,000 for a two-bedroom, $73,500 for a three-bedroom and $83,500 for a four-bedroom. Rents are the based on 30 per cent of the household income.

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