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City of Vancouver looks for public input on redevelopment of a social housing complex built in the 1960s

Currently, there're around 600 tenants living in 232 units.
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The social housing complex consists of buildings with 232 units housing 600 residents. On June 22, 2021, the city said it wants feedback on its future.

Skeena Terrace was one of the first social housing developments in the city, but the City of Vancouver and BC Housing are looking to redevelop the area.

"The buildings and infrastructure at Skeena Terrace are old and need extensive and ongoing repairs," states BC Housing on its website. "They are nearing the end of their economic lifecycle, meaning that the cost to maintain, repair and renew has increased greatly."

The provincial agency operates the 232 units in more than a dozen buildings at 2298 Cassiar Street; it's a 10.8 acre site in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood.

Earlier this year BC Housing began early work on what should happen at the site with a tenant survey. Now the city is turning the public at large to find out what residents think should guide the development plans.

"To best meet the needs of current and future tenants and the wider community, the City is seeking public feedback as we begin to develop a future vision for the property," says the city in a press release.

A 5-10 minute survey is online and runs through a few options for guiding principals.

"Redevelopment will provide an opportunity to increase the number of affordable housing units on site as well as consider new community-serving spaces," says the city on its website.

On its website BC Housing states the plan is to keep it as affordable housing.

"The potential of Skeena Terrace – close to the SkyTrain, Lougheed Highway, the Central Valley Greenway, public amenities and light industrial and commercial uses – is a great opportunity to meet that need."