What is the construction timeline for Menno Hall?
Construction would take place over a period of approximately 24 months.
Why are you building mixed-use residential in a single-family neighbourhood?
The corner of Wesbrook and University Blvd is arguably the most prominent intersection within the UEL and appropriate good planning principles call for appropriate scale for the development of that corner. The Menno Hall proposal is consistent with those good planning principles in terms of scale and land use. Those conclusions were supported through the adoption of the Area D Plan.
How will you ensure the protection of the site’s established green space?
We’ve taken great care to protect the existing mature trees along the bridle path on Western Parkway through our 4 point strategy plan.
What is being done to ensure that Menno Hall has a minimal impact on the environment?
As long-term stewards of Menno Hall, our desire is to model cutting edge innovations and environmental design that will combat climate change and support a more sustainable and resilient community. These strategies will include the use of mass timber, superior energy performance, and incorporating green infrastructure into our design.
Will Menno Hall obstruct residential views?
In consideration of Menno Hall’s neighbourhood context, it will not be built to its maximum allowed height of 22 meters. Rather, Menno Hall will have a neighbourhood residential scale of 4 storeys on the northern edge and then rise up to 6 storeys at the intersection of Wesbrook Mall and University Boulevard and drop back down to 5 storeys towards Western Parkway. By protecting the foliage along the bridle path the visual impact on the neighbourhood will be minimal.
In addition, studies have been conducted to ensure that the Menno Hall building will not interrupt the sun and natural light that the surrounding neighbours currently enjoy.
What does rental housing for the "missing middle" mean?
With the continuous rise in Vancouver rents and historic low vacancy rates over the last three years, Vancouver is in the midst of a housing crisis that directly affects the individuals studying, working, and living in the UBC/UEL area. In response to the lack of affordable housing in this area, MCC Legacy Trust, with financing from BC HousingHub, will create 86 market rental housing residences for the “missing middle” families and individuals. This will provide individuals such as mature students, faculty members, and people that live and work in the area accessible housing which will additionally lend to the lowering of emissions and traffic in the surrounding neighbourhood.
The proposal is comprised of 86 secured rental homes, including 30% family-oriented options, that will be made available at affordable rates. The affordable housing component is made possible through a partnership with BC HousingHub.
How will you preserve the neighbourhood's peaceful enjoyment?
We’ve taken multiple considerations throughout the design process to ensure that noise stays to a minimum and the peace and quiet of the surrounding neighbourhood remains undisturbed. Measures such as site setbacks, tree rows and hedges around the perimeter, and a water feature for white noise are just some of the considerations that will be made for maximum noise mitigation.
What will the traffic impact of Menno Hall be?
Menno Hall is expected to generate approximately 16 to 24 vehicle trips (two-way) during the weekday A.M. and P.M. peak hours (that’s one vehicle every 2-4 minutes). All traffic coming to and from Menno Hall will be diverted away from the Area A neighbourhood through a right-in/right-out parkade driveway that will be accessed on Wesbrook Mall. The tenants of Menno Hall will be encouraged to use more sustainable modes of transportation. Menno Hall is in an ideal location for access to rapid transit and we’ve taken care to ensure that site accessibility for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users will be supported by on-site walking permeability.
How will Menno Hall contribute to the surrounding community?
As the long-term owners and operators of Menno Hall, we take our responsibility as neighbours seriously. Our desire is to serve in everything we do and it is this principle that guides every aspect of the development of Menno Hall. We are committed to contributing to a vibrant and connected community that emphasizes sustainability, celebrates arts and culture, offers diverse housing options, facilitates connection, and honours its history.