Second modular housing project considered

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Another temporary modular housing project may soon be built in Richmond.

BC Housing has applied for a three-year permit for properties on Smith Street and Bridgeport Road. The intention is to construct a three-storey supportive housing building with 40 studio units.

“I’m excited to see another modular housing (project) come in,” said Coun. Carol Day.

The city’s director of development Wayne Craig said a memorandum of understanding will be developed between the non-profit operator, the construction company and BC Housing to ensure the security of the space. The existing modular housing project on Elmbridge Way will serve as a model for the new proposed project.

“Elmbridge was very successful and it’s continuing to be successful,” said Coun. Bill McNulty. “I think we need to tell people about the successes that we have. This modular housing is working, and this is our second one, and we should continue maybe to do a third one somewhere down the road.”

If approved by council, the building’s completion and occupancy is targeted for early next year. The issue will be discussed at a March 15 public hearing.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel