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Downtown Eastside Jail Converted into Affordable Housing

 

Remand Centre, a former jail in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has been converted into a rental housing complex for low ­income adults and Aboriginal youth.

 

The facility closed in 2002 and sat unused until 2011 when a local firm, Henriquez Partners Architects was contracted to convert the building.

 

A total of 96 units have been converted from jail cells ranging between 320­560 ft and rent ranging from $375­$850 per month. 38 units are available for youth (specifically in the BladeRunners’ Construction Program), 42 units for people who currently live in the Downtown Eastside and 16 units for women transitioning from emergency housing.

 

The buildings renovations include modern units, large new windows, a new shared amenity space, a convenience kitchen, and a community garden with vegetables and flower beds.

 

Approximately $18 million has been spent on the renovation, with $16 million contributed by the Provincial government, $2 from the Municipal Government. Renovations began in early 2014, the first tenants will be able to move in August 2015.

 

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