Housing availability is a particular passion for McBride, who said that for too long communities have stuck to a detached family home model. But he’s glad to see cities reconsidering that now.
“We’ll have quality places for families to live that won’t cost so much,” McBride said. He hopes the city of Vancouver will take its housing changes further, he said, after projects like his provide additional housing for the community.
Since the city’s code updates this summer, a number of cottage projects are now in the pipeline, according to the city of Vancouver. However, it remains to be seen how many will be designated affordable housing properties and how many will be market-rate properties.
The Northeast 133rd Court property’s application said this project was being constructed for rental units with the infrastructure there to possibly convert them into condominiums in the future.
McBride expects the units to be leased at the market rate.