Fourth Plain Community Commons

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Help us design the new Fourth Plain Commons community space!

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ABOUT THE COMMONS

The Fourth Plain Community Commons is a mixed-use project located on Fourth Plain Boulevard that includes affordable housing on the upper floors and a flexible community-serving space on the ground floor. The ground floor community spaces are envisioned as flexible areas where the Fourth Plain community can gather, hold events, and access services. The following elements are currently planned for the community space:

  • A commercial kitchen incubator to launch and support emerging food-based businesses

  • A shared office space to co-locate services to make it easier for residents and businesses to access resources

  • A community event space that can be rented for festivals, birthdays, trainings, and other events

  • An outdoor public plaza with infrastructure to support a Vancouver Farmers Market satellite market

This project is a collaboration between the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) and the City of Vancouver. The Vancouver Housing Authority plans to own and operate the apartments located on the upper floors. The City of Vancouver will develop the ground floor commercial space, partnering with community-based organizations to operate it.


COMMUNITY PROCESS

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Housing Authority have partnered with Salazar Architects to lead the design of the project. Over the first few months of 2020, the project team hosted a community-wide open house and a series of workshops and design meetings. COVID-19 restricted in-person public engagement for the rest of 2020, so the project team held online interviews and focus groups with various community-based organizations to gather input on the commercial kitchen incubator and shared office space. An online open house and survey were held fall 2020 to gather community-wide feedback on the community event space, outdoor plaza and activity lawn. The input provided was incorporated into the design of the spaces to ensure that the project reflects the community’s needs and aspirations.




WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Previous public input has been used to refine the design of the Commons to reflect the wishes of the community. Your input could influence the programming and design of this project including the uses of the outdoor spaces, types of events that may be held in the space, features of both the outdoor and indoor spaces and public art.

Please use the interactive tools below to explore the project and share your thoughts on the design and ideas for programming the spaces.

Help us design the new Fourth Plain Commons community space!

¿Busca el sitio en español de Fourth Plain Commons? Ingrese aquí.


ABOUT THE COMMONS

The Fourth Plain Community Commons is a mixed-use project located on Fourth Plain Boulevard that includes affordable housing on the upper floors and a flexible community-serving space on the ground floor. The ground floor community spaces are envisioned as flexible areas where the Fourth Plain community can gather, hold events, and access services. The following elements are currently planned for the community space:

  • A commercial kitchen incubator to launch and support emerging food-based businesses

  • A shared office space to co-locate services to make it easier for residents and businesses to access resources

  • A community event space that can be rented for festivals, birthdays, trainings, and other events

  • An outdoor public plaza with infrastructure to support a Vancouver Farmers Market satellite market

This project is a collaboration between the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) and the City of Vancouver. The Vancouver Housing Authority plans to own and operate the apartments located on the upper floors. The City of Vancouver will develop the ground floor commercial space, partnering with community-based organizations to operate it.


COMMUNITY PROCESS

The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Housing Authority have partnered with Salazar Architects to lead the design of the project. Over the first few months of 2020, the project team hosted a community-wide open house and a series of workshops and design meetings. COVID-19 restricted in-person public engagement for the rest of 2020, so the project team held online interviews and focus groups with various community-based organizations to gather input on the commercial kitchen incubator and shared office space. An online open house and survey were held fall 2020 to gather community-wide feedback on the community event space, outdoor plaza and activity lawn. The input provided was incorporated into the design of the spaces to ensure that the project reflects the community’s needs and aspirations.




WHERE ARE WE NOW?

Previous public input has been used to refine the design of the Commons to reflect the wishes of the community. Your input could influence the programming and design of this project including the uses of the outdoor spaces, types of events that may be held in the space, features of both the outdoor and indoor spaces and public art.

Please use the interactive tools below to explore the project and share your thoughts on the design and ideas for programming the spaces.

Questions

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    If my neighbor has an unused portion of their lot. Am I allowed to build a six story building on my lot and pave the unused portion of my neighbor's lot in order to have the appropriate number of parking spaces for the development? Or is this only a loophole available to a nonprofit (like building residential buildings on commercially zoned lots but keeping the height allowances of a commercial building.) What is the the plan for parking when the fire station is decommissioned (in the future) and the lot sold?

    James asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for the follow up question! The Commons is a joint project between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) being developed on property owned by the VHA. To support the Commons project, the City is able to utilize an unused portion of the fire station property under city code parking regulations. The Commons will be a mixed use development that includes community space with commercial uses on the ground floor and housing above, as allowed under the existing zoning. The site of the Commons is zoned Community Commercial (CC) and within the Fourth Plain Corridor Overlay District, which allows mixed use developments like the Commons and a maximum building height of 75 feet. 

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    Why does the map show a parking lot behind the existing fire station, when the lot purchased for the project does not include the southern 30-40% (roughly) of the area shown

    James asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The parking area behind the existing fire station is utilizing an unused portion of the fire station lot, which is why it is not included in the lot purchased for the project.

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    is this located east of andreson on south side of street? Address please

    don asked 10 months ago

    The Fourth Plain Commons will be located on the southwest corner of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Norris Road. This is west of Andresen. The nearest main road is Grand Boulevard, and Norris Road is just east of Grand. This link will take you to a Google map that will allow you to better see where the building will be located. Thank you.

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    who do I contact about displaying/buying my art for your walls?

    violet buthmann asked 11 months ago

    At the moment, we are not to a point in the process to choose indoor decorations. I encourage you to stay engaged in the project and check back once we are closer to the ground floor Commons space opening, which we expect will happen in 2023. Please feel free to reach out to the project team to discuss further. 

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    Will you please plant more trees than you have planned?

    Michael asked 11 months ago

    The designs that are currently shown are not final. Trees are very important in a project like this - for both environmental and aesthetic purposes - and we plan to add as many trees to the final design as possible that will fit in with the expected use of the space. Thanks so much for your question.