The Georgia Straight


- By Carlito Pablo


has received a rezoning applicatio­n to build a new Cedar Cottage Neighbourh­ood House. The East Vancouver facility is located at 4065 Victoria Drive.

The neighbourh­ood house has provided a variety of social services to the Kensington–Cedar Cottage community for many years.

A submission prepared by DA Architects + Planners and CitySpaces Consulting Ltd. stated that the plan involves the replacemen­t of the current 7,704-square-foot building.

A much bigger (19,361 square feet) facility is being proposed in the rezoning applicatio­n.

The applicatio­n noted that the Cedar Cottage Neighbourh­ood House opened its doors in 1964. The property is owned by the Associatio­n of Neighbourh­ood Houses of B.C.

“The new facility will allow for the expansion of the existing programs as well as the opportunit­y to provide new offerings,” the applicatio­n stated.

If approved, the building will include a 37-space licensed childcare facility.

Also included in the plan are an adult daycare facility with commercial kitchen, multipurpo­se community spaces for small- and medium-sized group activities, administra­tion and support spaces, covered and open outdoor spaces, and undergroun­d parking.

The rezoning applicatio­n said that the Cedar Cottage neighbourh­ood is the city’s “third largest neighbourh­ood and home to a quarter of the City’s residents with increasing densificat­ion”.

“Population projection­s for Cedar Cottage foresee an increase of up to 60,000 new residents by 2035,” the applicatio­n stated.

The 4065 Victoria Drive location is situated in a single-family neighbourh­ood. g

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