Vancouver council has approved rezoning for controversial social housing development in Kitsilano that will create 129 single-occupancy units for single homeless people.

Council voted Tuesday night in favour of rezoning a city-owned site on Arbutus Street between 7th and 8th Avenue to permit a 13-storey building with 129 one-person social housing units offering mental health and other supports. The project site is next to the planned Arbutus subway station.

The final vote was 8-3, with councillors Melissa De Genova, Colleen Hardwick and Sarah Kirby-Yung against. Mayor Kennedy Stewart backs the project.

“As more and more neighbours are pushed to the streets due to a lack of supportive housing, this project provides hope of a better way forward,” Stewart said in a statement. “129 residents will soon have their own place to call home, with wraparound services which will ensure they are well supported.”

Last modified: July 27, 2022

2 Responses to " Vancouver Council Backs Controversial Social Housing Development In Kits "

  1. Stacy says:

    What a joke. Colleen Hardwick for Mayor.

  2. Kits says:

    Ugly building. It should not be allowed in a area with many low rise buildings. Every building in area is no more than three floors.