Heather Place is a rental housing complex owned by the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation, on a 2-acre site. The renewal of Heather Place offers significant opportunity to replace 86 aging housing units with a socially and environmentally sustainable rental community with 230 units for a diverse mix of families, seniors, couples, urban singles and people with disabilities across a mixed range of incomes.
The overriding design principle was to respond to specific contextual conditions through building placement, orientation, massing, scale and character. The proposed redevelopment has three buildings, five-storey, six-storey and ten-storey. Building 1-Phase 1 is a 5-storey, and has a common amenity space, community garden plots, urban orchard, “bike hub room” and a public Bike Stop Station, and children’s outdoor play areas.
Many of the existing mature trees on site will be retained and complimented with additional trees. The landscape design is intended to enhance neighbourhood greening and to provide opportunities for access to nature in the form of open spaces, an urban forest, and programmed common outdoor amenities.