Heather Place

The project is more than providing affordable housing, it is about creating a community.
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705 W. 13th & 725 W. 14th, Vancouver, BC
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A wide range of common indoor and outdoor amenity spaces for residents supports a vibrant and interconnected community; a place where people take a personal and shared interest in their immediate surroundings, their neighbours well-being and their community.

“MVHC is undertaking this re-development project as it reflects the goals and objectives set out in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth and Affordable Housing Strategies as well as Vancouver’s Housing and Homelessness Strategy.”

Heather Place is a rental housing complex owned by the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (MVHC), on a 2-acre site. The renewal of Heather Place offers significant opportunity to replace 86 aging housing units with a socially and environmentally sustainable rental community with 230 units for a diverse mix of families, seniors, couples, urban singles and people with disabilities across a mixed range of incomes.

In designing the project, the overriding principle was to respond to specific contextual conditions through building placement, orientation, massing, scale and character. The proposed redevelopment has 3 buildings (5, 6 and 10-storeys) with a single level of underground parking, a double-height common amenity space, community garden plots, urban orchard, “bike hub room” and a public Bike Stop Station, and children’s outdoor play areas.

Many of the existing mature trees on site will be retained and complimented with additional deciduous trees. The landscape design is intended to enhance neighbourhood greening and the urban forest and to provide opportunities for access to nature.