Housing non-profits are teaming up with the District of North Vancouver to develop a 90-unit non-market housing project unit on Orwell Street, close to the Phibbs Exchange terminal.
The Orwell Non-Market Housing project will house 52 one-bedroom units, 27 two-bedroom units, and 11 three-bedroom units. These are the proposed numbers, however, and are subject to change. As many as 68 parking stalls and 100 bicycle stalls will be provided.
People currently living on the North Shore or who currently work on the North Shore will be prioritized.
People who have other close ties to the North Shore may also be considered – for example, someone with family on the North Shore, or someone who left the North Shore to find affordable housing but wants to come back.
As many as 20 percent of units will be rented at social assistance shelter rates, while 50 percent will be Rent-Geared-to-Income for people with low to moderate incomes.
The shelter rates for 20 units will be as low as $375 per month for singles, and $570 per month for couples and singles.
About 30 percent will be rented at below-market rates to tenants with moderate incomes, with rents set by BC housing.
In 2016, the District of North Vancouver issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for non-market housing on District-owned land.
In the fall of 2018, the 90-unit project was awarded capital funding with ongoing subsidy from BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund.
The funding from BC Housing ensures that affordable rentals can be provided for the lifespan of the building
The proponents are also inviting the community to two open houses. Citizens can attend an open house on Saturday, February 24 at Seylynn Community Recreation Centre.
The other open house is being held at Lynnmour Elementary School Gym on Monday, February 24, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
The community is also being invited to fill out a survey about the project. The proponents hope to submit their project to the District of North Vancouver in April.