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Little Mountain

Project Overview

The new social housing building at the Little Mountain project site opened in 2015. This is the first part of one of B.C.’s larger social housing redevelopment projects.

Little Mountain
Status
Active
Phase
Planning
Date of Completion
tbc
Location
Vancouver

About the Project

 

The Little Mountain redevelopment, bounded by 33rd to 37th avenues between Main and Ontario streets, is part of the province’s housing strategy. The project’s aim is to transform an old, low-density property that required major repairs into affordable homes in a mixed-use community.

BC Housing and the City of Vancouver have partnered with Holborn Properties to redevelop the site. The plan is to replace 224 public housing units with a total of 282 new social housing units including 10 units for the Musqueam Nation. There will also be a 69-space childcare facility, a neighbourhood house plus a public plaza and park. As part of the City of Vancouver’s rezoning, we’re responsible for 234 of the social housing units. The remaining 48 units will be owned by the City of Vancouver.

The first new social housing building at Little Mountain opened in April 2015. The five-storey building has 47 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom apartments. Managed by More Than a Roof, the building also includes an amenity room, a community garden, patio space, a bicycle and scooter storage room and a weekly, low-cost food program for residents.

Any replacement social housing units above and beyond those allocated to returning residents will be rented at rates no higher than rents that are affordable to households with incomes below CMHC’s Housing Income Limits.

For the latest news, visit Little Mountain Vancouver.

 

Process & Consultation

The original Little Mountain site was Vancouver's oldest public housing development, and had aging buildings on underused land. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Vancouver in June 2007 to redevelop this 15-acre property, which is located next to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Working in partnership with the private and non-profit sectors, the vision of the redevelopment is to create new, safe, accessible housing, with a mix of subsidized and market housing, along with community facilities and other neighbourhood amenities.

Proceeds from the Little Mountain redevelopment are being reinvested by partnering with eight municipalities across the province to build 2,100 units of supportive housing. This includes a partnership with the City to build about 1,500 units on 14 city-owned sites, most of which are now open or are in development. Supportive housing helps people with mental health, addiction and other chronic conditions.

Original residents of the property were relocated according to the Guiding Principles for Resident Relocation . These principles guarantee that residents have first choice to return to Little Mountain once the redevelopment is completed.

News Updates

April 9, 2015

New seniors housing opens at Little Mountain

VANCOUVER – Seniors and people with disabilities now have more access to affordable rental housing in Vancouver. The B.C. government, the City of Vancouver and community partners celebrated the official opening of the first new social housing building at the Little Mountain site today.
 
April 22, 2014

Society selected for seniors housing at Little Mountain

VANCOUVER - More Than a Roof has been selected to manage and operate a 53-unit rental housing development for low-income independent seniors and people with disabilities at the Little Mountain site in Vancouver.
 
July 4, 2013

Little Mountain Sales Agreement is completed

VANCOUVER – The B.C. government has concluded the sales agreement with Holborn Properties for the Little Mountain property in Vancouver. Over the development period, the Province will receive proceeds, comprised of cash and non-market housing, with a total value of approximately $300 million.
 
April 11, 2013

Construction begins on Little Mountain renewal

VANCOUVER – The official groundbreaking held at Little Mountain today marks the beginning of construction for the first new social housing building on the property.
 
October 25, 2012

Little Mountain development is moving forward

VANCOUVER – The B.C. government, the City of Vancouver and Holborn Properties have signed an agreement to allow up to 50 units to be built at Little Mountain prior to the completion of the rezoning process.
 
May 8, 2008

Development partner selected for Little Mountain

VANCOUVER – BC Housing has selected Holborn Properties as the development partner for the Little Mountain public housing site in Vancouver.