On June 5 and 6, 2017, ULI BC conducted its fifth Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) with the HFBC Housing Foundation (HFBC). Please know that HFBC has rebranded and is now Brightside Community Homes Foundation.
Incorporated in 1952 under the Societies Act of BC, HFBC is a private-sector non-profit organization that builds and operates affordable housing for seniors, persons with disabilities, and families. HFBC currently owns and operates 27 buildings in Vancouver; some owned outright and others under operating agreements with the BC Housing and Mortgage Corporation.
HFBC asked ULI BC to undertake a TAP focused on a property called Collingwood Tower; a 40 year old 10-storey high rise that contains 66 studios and 12 one-bedroom units ranging in size from 350 to 500 square feet and located at 5657 Harold Street in Vancouver, BC. The building footprint covers forty percent of the site and there is a surface level parking lot for tenants. With the building aging and the site seemingly underutilized, HFBC is interested in understanding the development/redevelopment potential that could add to the net number of units to further serve their mandate of increasing affordable housing in Vancouver.
HFBC was seeking creative solutions for redevelopment options to increase the net unit count and explore efficient, effective delivery mechanisms aligned with their vision.
ULI BC wishes to thank the HFBC Housing Foundation for its commitment and support of the ULI BC TAP program, and the Panelists and Stakeholders who generously gave their time and thoughtful input.
Bruce Knapp, B+H Architects (Panel Chair)
Robert Cesnik, HDR | CEI Architecture Associates Inc.
Margaret Eberle, Eberle Planning and Research
Luke Harrison, Vancouver Agency for Affordable Housing
Mark Marshall, Hungerford Properties
Katie Maslechko, Beedie Living