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Vancouver modular housing project just about 'move-in ready'

Last Updated Feb 10, 2018 at 2:25 pm PDT

An example of supportive modular housing in Vancouver's Marpole neighbourhood. (Monika Gul, NEWS 1130 Photo)

A new modular housing project in Marpole will soon house 78 people over the age of 45

Parents in the area near a new modular housing project in Marpole have raised concerns about its proximity to schools

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Despite opposition in the community, dozens of homeless people will begin moving-in to a temporary modular housing project in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood over the coming weeks.

The building, at Heather and West 59th, had many parents raising concerns about its proximity to schools.

However, Mayor Gregor Roberton says he’s confident the new building will fit in with the community and won’t cause issues.

“And it may take some days or weeks while everybody settles in and gets used to having new residents, just as they would with any new building into a neighbourhood,” he said at the grand opening. “But I’m very confident this is going to work well, we want it to work really well that’s our goal here. We have many more to do, hundreds more to open across Vancouver.”

The building will house 78 people over the age of 45, many of whom have medical needs. Robertson adds the city — even the region — is dealing with a public emergency right now, and this is one step in an effort to help.

“We have to do something about it. We have to get these buildings open for people not to be living outside. The time pressures were very real and that obviously makes the communications challenging.”

The province has committed to funding over 500 more temporary modular housing units in the city.