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United We Can relocates to City property in False Creek Flats

May 5 2014

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United We Can, one of the largest, most successful social enterprises in Canada, has moved into a new, larger facility with the help of a rental grant from the City of Vancouver.

Starting today, United We Can will run its operations from a City-owned property at 449 / 455 Industrial Ave in the False Creek Flats area. The move from its former space at 39 East Hastings Street will allow United We Can to:

  • Expand and improve its operations
  • Increase jobs
  • Continue to provide useful work to many vulnerable and poor residents in our city

United We Can currently supports more than 700 low-income residents daily, directly employs 120 people with barriers to employment, and diverts more than 60,000 beverage containers from the landfill every day.

United We Can joins Green Recycling Hub

In May 2013, City Council approved the lease of a City-owned property on Industrial Avenue to establish the Green Recycling Hub. The property was being used for recycling, storage, and the offices of Busters Towing, which will retain their towing lot and offices at this location.

Recycling Alternative, an established materials-recycling firm across the street on Industrial Avenue, is co-locating with UWC at the new recycling hub. Recycling Alternative will offer their private-sector expertise and complement the business model of United We Can.

Plans for 39 East Hastings

A rezoning for the former site at 39 East Hastings was approved in 2013. Atira Development Society is proposing to build a new mixed-use building with commercial use on the ground floor and residential use above.

Residential uses will include:

  • Non-market housing, including supportive housing for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their partners
  • Market housing that will be secured as rental for 15 years

Atira is also exploring the opportunity to include a community-friendly grocery store on the ground floor.

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Department will work closely with residents and businesses near the former and new sites to mitigate any potential concerns or issues.

Over the past decade, the City has been a strong supporter of United We Can and will continue to be going forward.

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