Allegro Pointe is a 50-unit affordable apartment complex near the International District of Fourth Plain Boulevard.

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Allegro Pointe Apartments

Written November 10, 2021 by LSW Admin

Housing availability is a cornerstone for any healthy community. While the greater Vancouver area continues to expand socially and economically, there is a pressing need for affordable housing options, especially for residents in areas that are changing quickly.  

With our community in mind, LSW is thrilled to be working with Ginn Gives on the design for Allegro Pointe, a 50-unit apartment complex near the International District of Fourth Plain Boulevard. As a team, we’ve approached this multi-family housing project with the goal of pairing an elegant and sustainable design that will be cost-effective to maintain over time, with accessible financing options that will serve residents in Central Vancouver.  

"This is LSW’s first 100% affordable apartment project. Climate change disproportionally impacts low-income and marginalized communities, and we support providing safe, dignified and resilient housing for those in our community who are most at risk," stated Chris Spurgin, Associate Principal of LSW Architects. "A simple folding of the façade provides a dynamic experience with a very efficient structural system. The all-electric building is designed to incorporate a future solar array and provides ample bike-parking and electrical vehicle charging stations." 

Designed to be both modern and utilitarian, most of the units will be urban 1-bedroom units, alongside 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. Across the board, all of the units will be leased at an affordable rate and reserved for households earning 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI), creating a more accessible entry point for residents.  

“As Downtown Vancouver and the Waterfront are experiencing a season of growth and investment, one of the risks we, as developers, are mitigating is price increases for existing Vancouver residents,” the Ginn Group wrote. “One of the core goals for Allegro Pointe is to invest in the communities that make Fourth Plain a rich, culturally vibrant neighborhood by providing housing that is accessible to those who need it most.” 

This project was brought to LSW after the civil engineering review (ENG) had already been submitted and approved. LSW provided a preliminary rendering of the project which helped to garner a $975,000 Community Development Block Grant from the City.