City eyes two more sites

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER -

The City of Van­cou­ver has an­nounced two more sites for tem­po­rary hous­ing for home­less peo­ple.

The city plans to lo­cate the build­ings at 1141 Franklin St. on in­dus­trial land in East Van­cou­ver, and at 501 Pow­ell near Op­pen­heimer Park in the Down­town East­side.

City staff are re­fer­ring the pro­posal for tem­po­rary mod­u­lar hous­ing at 1141 Franklin St. to city coun­cil for a pub­lic hear­ing. Coun­cil passed a by­law in Oc­to­ber that al­lowed for the tem­po­rary hous­ing to be ap­proved with­out go­ing through the lengthy pub­lic hear­ing process, but a pub­lic hear­ing is still needed for land zoned sin­gle fam­ily or in­dus­trial.

A pub­lic hear­ing is not needed for 501 Pow­ell St.

A com­mu­nity farm and weekly mar­ket cur­rently op­er­ates out of that site, but city staff say they will work with the co-or­di­na­tors of the farm and mar­ket to keep op­er­at­ing along­side the hous­ing.

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