B.C. communities take cautious approach on modular housing projects

The Globe and Mail

Communities across British Columbia are considering temporary modular housing projects for homeless and low-income tenants, but some are taking a cautious approach after a similar proposal in Vancouver fuelled protests and legal challenges.

B.C.’s NDP government is planning to create 2,000 supporting housing spaces across the province by setting up modular units that can be assembled quickly to address local homelessness and moved if those needs change. …

The City of Richmond has proposed to build a 40-unit modular housing project on a city-owned site – a plan that quickly prompted strong opposition from nearby residents.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie stressed that no decision has been made and that the city will take public opinions into consideration, with a final decision expected in about a month.

Still, Mr. Brodie said the proposed location is ideal.

“This site has no schools in the immediate neighborhood; it is on public transportation routes; it is near the hospital. … It is near the all these services that we have in our city centre.” …

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