The City of Vancouver is organizing an Open House on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 to share details about a proposed 7-storey building at 420 Hawks Avenue (located just south of East Hastings). A total of 26 units of social housing are proposed in a structure made from shipping containers. The building would have a height of 71′ (21.9m) and a floor space ratio of 4.7. No parking units would be provided on the site.
The Open House will be held between 5 and 8pm at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre located at 805 East Pender Street.
The property is currently zoned as Industrial Land (M-1) and the applicant is the Atira Women’s Resource Society (AWRS). The intended rents are $375 for singles and $570 for mothers with a child (rent at shelter component of income assistance). The units range in size from 280 square feet (studio) to 420 square feet (two bedroom).
Is it a good idea to make housing from shipping containers? What are the experiences of providing housing in other jurisdictions when shipping containers are used as a base building block? Further information on the project can be found on the City’s website.