Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson believes that a shipping container prefabs parked on the south side of the Vancouver Art Gallery holds the key to his city’s homeless and affordable housing crisis.
Inside of the shipping container housing unit is a display model of a single suite that will be in Vancouver’s first-ever temporary modular housing complex.
“We want people in Vancouver to experience what it’s like on the inside and understand the quality and the efficiency and appropriateness of having modular housing to address the particular challenge we have,” said Robertson.
The modular housing complex is due to open in early 2017 at 1500 Main Street, according to the CBC.
“Temporary modular housing allows us to leverage city owned land and creates innovative partnerships to provide a greater diversity of homes with greater affordability,” said Mukhtar Latif, Vancouver’s Chief Housing Officer. Latif also shared that more temporary modular complexes could be built on vacant lots waiting to be developed.
The display unit is 250 square feet with a small bedroom/sitting area, a closet, private bathroom and a kitchen.
The future Main Street complex will have 40 of these units, which will be available to the homeless and those on low or fixed incomes.
Calgary based firm Horizon North, which specializes in modular camp and oil field accommodations, is building the complex. ##
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Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.