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Value-Added Housing

Whalley Legion Branch; Photo: whalleylegion.org

UPCOMING HOUSING WORKSHOP - MAY 2024

Got under-used community-owned land?

SFU Renewable Cities, in collaboration with BC Builds at BC Housing and Vancity Community Foundation, is hosting an in-person workshop for government, community and non-profit landowners to come together to share practical information, connect and learn about the potential of redeveloping your organization’s land to include housing. This will be a space for landowners to explore a vision for how they might use their land, learn about opportunities for government funding and support and connect with other landowners looking to build housing on under-used land.    

Interested in attending this workshop? Please complete this expression of interest form.

Expression of interest

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Renewable Cities is supporting the transition to low carbon, more affordable housing on public and non-profit land in B.C and beyond. Value-Added Housing are innovative housing developments that converge affordability, climate action and economic transition. They support mixed-use, multi-unit housing with low embodied carbon and are built on strategically located land near transit and jobs.

CASE STUDIES: BUILDING AFFORDABLE, CLIMATE RESILIENT AND SOCIALLY CONNECTED INNOVATIVE HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS

Housing affordability, livability, climate adaptation and social isolation are growing issues in B.C. and beyond. Innovative housing developments hold great potential in harnessing strategically located, under-utilized land to build mixed-use, multi-unit housing to address these interconnected issues.   

Renewable Cities engaged with seven public and non-profit communities who redeveloped their land to include mixed-use, multi-unit housing alongside community infrastructure to inform these case studies.

These case studies aim to amplify the opportunities associated with land redevelopment for mixed-use housing projects on public and non-profit lands and to connect groups who are considering similar projects. These cases studies demonstrate the potential that innovative housing developments have in building more affordable, socially connected and climate resilient housing in B.C. and beyond. They provide practical examples of challenges, lessons learned and best practices, along with recommendations to non-market landowners and different levels of government to enable more housing developments of this kind.

Recommendations from these cases studies are being shared with the Province of British Columbia’s BC Builds program.

For an overview of learnings across all cases studies, read our summative learnings publication (6 pages).

Summative learnings

For the complete set of case studies, read our full publication (63 pages).

Case studies

 

CHECK OUT THE INDIVIDUAL CASE STUDIES BELOW

Non-profit case studies:

Photo: VIA Architecture

Brechin Hill is a 74 unit, 5-storey church and residential building, replacing the original 1950's A-Frame single-storey Brechin United church building.

Brechin Hill

Photo: Co:Here

Co:Here Housing is a mixed-income apartment building located on the former under-used parking lot of Grandview Baptist Church. 

Co:here Housing

Photo: The Lark Group

Legion Veteans Village is a 20-storey tower that integrates affordable and market housing, a legion facility and services for veterans and first responders.

Legion

Photo: Rosati

The Windsor Islamic Association Seniors Housing Project developed housing to put the community's seniors closer to the mosque for care from the mosque community.

WIA

Public land case studies:

Photo: Jaden Nyberg

Bella Bella Staff Housing was rebuilt to Passive House standards after the hospital staff housing burned down in 2014.

Bella Bella

Photo: Flickr.com/news.gov.bc

Rossland Yards incorporates affordable workforce housing and a new city hall to address the needs for both in the City of Rossland.

Rossland Yards

Photo: DIALOG/UBC

The Exchange Residence provides space for 651 students on top of a renewed UBC Exchange to respond to high demand for student housing and heavy transit use.

Exchange