THE HAWTHORN – AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING8725 French Street, Vancouver, BC
The Hawthorn development will bring 100 new secure, affordable rental homes for seniors, families, and people with disabilities to the Marpole neighbourhood.
Brightside Community Homes Foundation is one of Vancouver’s longest standing non-profit societies with over 65 years of experience providing safe and secure homes for those struggling to meet the demands of market housing.
The redevelopment of the property allows to replace the existing on site MacLeod Manor. Constructed in 1964, the building is a three-storey, wood-framed rental apartment with 46 units for seniors, families, and people with disabilities. Located in the Granville area, the proposed redevelopment aligns with the principles outlined in the Marpole Community Plan. In the community plan, the site is designated as “no change” which is understood to be a measure to protect the existing rental housing stock. However, the Plan identifies that any new development where social housing and/or renewal of existing rental housing is included, a modest increase in height and density will be considered. It’s on this basis that the redevelopment of MacLeod Manor was approved whereby the existing 46 affordable rental homes will be replaced in the new project and an additional 54 affordable rental homes will be provided through increased density on the site.
Brightside is committed to ensuring that all existing tenants from MacLeod Manor will be re-housed either within their properties or elsewhere at rents equivalent to the rents they currently pay. At the same time all residents are offered the opportunity to return once the development is complete at Brightside’s current rents based on each household and their level of income.
This project is also committed to meeting high standards of sustainability and is pursuing the Near Zero Emissions Buildings Pathway as part of COV Rezoning Policy. The building was designed to achieve Passive House Certification, a standard for energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint that results in ultra-low energy consumption for heating and cooling.
Ground level has a residential outdoor amenity space that connects to the indoor amenity, where residents have an intimate place for social interaction, gathering, and flexible activities that encourages and promotes inclusive sense of community within the development.
Developer / Client
Brightside Community Homes Foundation