The Musqueam Community Rental Complex (MCRC) is a multi-family affordable housing project located on Crown Place in Musqueam Reserve. The MCRC will create 46 new rental units for Musqueam members and their families.
This development presents Musqueam with an historic opportunity to help alleviate overcrowding, welcome home Musqueam members living off reserve and continue our Musqueam cultural teachings and traditions in our community.
This week, the MCRC project team released a new information booklet providing an overview of the MCRC project, site and buildings information, design concept and the progress to date. To accompany the release of the booklet, the team is hosting two information sessions, one in-person and one online. Read this post for information about the booklet and the upcoming community sessions.
MCRC update | Fall 2021
Last year, the project team presented three conceptual design options to membership for the MCRC. Community was asked for input through a community survey and an information session held online.
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.
Visit the project overview webpage for more information about the buildings, including what types of suites will be available for rent and why Musqueam is pursuing multi-family housing.
After last year’s survey, a call went out for Musqueam members to join a design advisory group. This group provides 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 of the proposed design.
Since our last update, the project team has been working hard on the development permit application.
To share this information with community members, we created a new 12-page information booklet that was mailed to every off-reserve household and delivered to on-reserve households. The MCRC section of our website covers all of the information in the booklet, plus some additional details that we couldn’t fit in.
Two MCRC information sessions
To support sharing this information as widely as possible, the project team is hosting two information sessions next week – one online and one in-person. These sessions are for members to learn more about the project, including design details and next steps of the development, and ask questions to the project team. Everything in the information booklet will be discussed in more detail with the project architects and the rest of the team.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 @ 5:30pm
Registration is recommended but not required.
To register, contact Grace Ulu at 604-771-2101 or [email protected]
Maximum capacity is 50 people. COVID-19 protocols in place. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 @ 5:30pm
This meeting is on Zoom. Registration is required.