KNH Community Service and Affordable Seniors Housing Project

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House
2305 – 2325 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Heritage
Renovation
New Construction
LEED Gold

Terra began working with the Society in 2008 to develop this complex and unique project, which involved the renovation and heritage preservation of two buildings on the Kits House site and the addition of new seniors’ affordable housing units.  The community centre was a former church hall and class A heritage building; the site also contains a class C heritage house.  The new project connects these two heritage buildings with the construction of much needed new units of affordable seniors' housing in an area with rising rents, allowing long time community residents to remain in their familiar neighbourhood.  The project houses the community centre offices and programs, including a daycare centre and seniors’ programming. 

The project is a prototype of environmentally sustainable development.  It was awarded LEED Gold certification in December 2015 and won a 2016 Heritage Conservation Award of Recognition as well as a 2016 Georgie Award for Best Public-Private Partnership.