The Musqueam Community Rental Complex (MCRC) is a multi-family affordable housing project located at Lot 95, Crown Place in Musqueam Reserve. The project will create 46 new rental units for Musqueam members and their families, and a new daycare centre for up to 28 children.
This development presents Musqueam with an historic opportunity to help ease overcrowding, welcome home Musqueam members living away from home and continue our Musqueam cultural teachings and traditions in our community.
MCRC Project Update 2021
In early October 2021, the project team released a new information booklet that provides an overview of the MCRC project, site and buildings information, design concepts and the progress to date. The booklet was mailed out to households off reserve and delivered to households on reserve. This section of the website includes the same update as the information booklet, and some additional details that we couldn’t fit into the booklet.
Addressing housing needs
The MCRC housing project addresses Musqueam’s Comprehensive Community Plan Objective #2: Addressing Our Housing Needs, which includes Actions 4) Build Member Housing and 5) Build Higher Density Housing.
Selecting Lot 95, Crown Place
Multiple locations on the main Musqueam Reserve (IR#2) were considered and thoroughly evaluated for the MCRC. In 2019, after technical reviews, site assessments and community engagement, Musqueam Council approved Lot 95 on Crown Place for the MCRC. Other possible sites were determined unsuitable due to environmental constraints, including proximity to the flood zone and presence of Japanese knotweed, or lack of necessary infrastructure.
Lot 95 on Crown Place was chosen because it:
- is identified for multi-family housing in the Land Use Plan (2014) and the Comprehensive Community Plan (2011 & 2018)
- is located outside of the flood risk zone
- maximizes use of limited developable land on Musqueam Reserve
- is currently occupied by four buildings that are no longer structurally fit for use.
After Lot 95 was selected, a site analysis was prepared. It looked at the local context, our CCP and the Land Use Plan to ensure our community vision for the future was carefully considered.
The natural systems of the site were assessed, including existing slopes, prevailing winds, and sun and shade at the site. The site analysis also evaluated the neighbouring properties to understand how the new buildings will interact with existing buildings. Site setbacks were determined, which is the distance that a building must be set back from the property line. We also looked closely at existing site access, particularly how local neighbours access their homes. This is done to preserve and enhance the neighbour’s access to their homes.
Deciding on a site concept and density
In late summer 2020, the project team presented three conceptual design options to membership and asked for input through a community survey.
The original site concepts contemplated up to 74 units. After reviewing feedback from the community survey and considering input from the neighbours, the proposed density was reduced.
Musqueam Council approved the site option with the lowest density that includes 46 rental units and three detached buildings:
- Apartment: 36 suites, 1-3 bedrooms, including three accessible suites
- Townhomes: 10 3-bedroom units, each with a secondary (‘granny’) suite
- Daycare: New childcare facilities for up to 28 children.
The design follows best practices for storm water management, protecting the proposed development from flooding, protecting the creek and not exposing neighbours to a risk of flooding.
MCRC Design Advisory Group
A call went out in fall 2020 for Musqueam members to join a design advisory group that would provide advice and insight to inspire a Musqueamized design for all three buildings. Four band members representing a cross section of our community were selected to take part in the panel.
In November 2020 and August 2021, the MCRC Design Advisory Group met with the project team to have focused discussions about the MCRC design. The project architects, Urban Arts Architecture, directly integrated the advisory group’s feedback into proposed designs. See the design concepts webpage for more details and pictures.