In addition to a few interesting consulting assignments, I am undertaking Vinson House Cottages, which involves the conservation of a heritage property and creation of 3 infill units, in partnership with Trasolini/Chetner, on a double lot in West Vancouver. One of the homes has sold, and two other homes are now for sale http://www.vinsonhousecottages.com/
I also recently purchased another West Vancouver heritage property, the Rush House, where I am planning a similar conservation/infill project. http://www.tomhassan.com/real-estate/1195-12th-street/
However, last week I concluded the purchase of a 8.63 acre property which offers the potential for a rather different type of development in South Nanaimo, yes Nanaimo.
So why was I interested in this property?
In 1970, I studied mobile home parks and manufactured/modular housing on a CMHC travelling scholarship which took me across America with Warren Chalk, one of the founding members and 'catalyst of ideas' for Archigram. For those not familiar, it was a truly avant-garde English architectural group which proposed, among many other things, the concept of plug-in cities https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archigram
|The property offers significant potential for a variety of housing concepts|
Zoned Mobile Home Park, the Fielding Road property is near Highway 19 and Cedar Road, about 6 km from downtown Nanaimo. While I am not contemplating a traditional mobile home park, the site may be suitable for a pocket-neighbourhood type of development with up to 50+/- affordable cottage-style homes and community amenities. Alternatively, I might explore an alternative development standards subdivision. Nanaimo officials have been quite open-minded and creative in allowing new forms of housing subdivision. Who knows, maybe one day something like this Aurora, Illinois subdivision might be appropriate?
I now look forward to again meeting with municipal officials to discuss how best to proceed with the planning and development of the property. Stay tuned!