Two Tower Project Planned for Davie Street in West End

Marcon has filed a development application for permission to develop a 34,552 site they own at Davie and Broughton in the West End of Downtown Vancouver. The site was rezoned to RM-5D in 2014 as part of the new West End Community Plan, part of which envisions greater density in the Davie Street area in this sub-area ‘B’ of the Lower Davie Corridor.

The site comprises an assembly of two sites currently improved with lowrise rental apartment buildings totaling 68 units.

The proposal for the 1345 Davie Street site includes:

  • two 18 and 19-storey residential buildings, over a 3 and 4 storey podium.
  • 153 market residential and 68 social housing units;
  • a total density of 6.55 FSR
  • Building heights of approximately 175 ft and 157 ft.
  • Gross floor area of 232,323 SF (23% social housing)
  • 4 levels of underground parking  with 257 spaces, accessed from rear lane.


The application package describes the rationale for the project:

“The project supports the goal of densification by redeveloping a large, under-utilized site and adding 221 social & market housing units, replacing 68 rental units.

As an area of transition between the shopping districts and the residential neighbourhoods of the West End, Lower Davie has been identified as an area suitable for densification. The permitted increases in FSR for purpose-built social housing are intended to rejuvenate housing stock and help deepen affordability. The base of the building contains 68 units of social housing, amenities, and market housing, with four levels of parking, service, and amenity spaces below. The large expanses of the podium roof are populated with common outdoor spaces, landscaping and private patios. Two residential towers, rise 14 and 15 storeys above the podium and contain 153 market units. Private gardens are located on the rooftops of both towers. Balconies alternate with trellises at the corners to lighten and enliven the facade while maintaining privacy.”

Under the site’s existing RM-5D zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

Marcon acquired the site in December 2015 for $35,000,000, or $195 per buildable SF (based on the market residential density).

Intracorp’s project “The Jervis”, approved in 2015 sits adjacent to the site and was developed under the same zoning at 6.61 FSR. The Jervis began selling 58 units in late 2015 was quite quickly sold out by mid-2016.

The architect for the project is Henriquez Partners.

101 Rental Apartments Planned for Kingsway Site

Hua Long International Technical Investment has applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone a 27,764 SF, C-2 zoned site at 2153-2199 Kingsway (at the Northwest corner of Gladstone) for a 6-storey rental apartment building.

The proposal includes:

    • 101 market rental apartment units;
    • 45 studio units, 18 1-bedroom units, 31 two-bedrooms & 7 three-bedrooms
    • A total density of 3.37 FSR (93,651 SF);
    • 14,499 SF of ground-floor retail space;
    • A building height of 71.4 ft.;
    • Two floors of underground parking, with access from the lane to the north of the site.

This application is being considered under the Secured Market Rental Housing (Rental 100) Policy.

The site, which comprises four separate lots, had been assembled over a period between 2010 and 2015.

2153-kingsway2153-kingway_2 2153-kingsway_1The rezoning application can be viewed here.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

Redevelopment of Empire Landmark Hotel Includes 280 Units

Asia Standard has filed their development application for the 357-room Empire Landmark Hotel Site on Robson Street. The C-6 zoned site is currently improved with a 41-storey hotel and the redevelopment potential arose out of the new guidelines in the West End Community Plan which was adopted in 2014.

Redevelopment plans for the 40,920 SF site include:

  • Two towers, one 28-storeys and 30 storeys
  • 280 residential units (57 social housing units /223 market units);
  • retail use on the ground floor and office use on the second and third floors;
  • 393,850 SF of floor area;
  • total density of 9.63 FSR
  • building height of 300 ft.; and
  • four levels of underground parking accessed from the lane.

The social housing is located in the podium of the building.

1488-robson_1 1488-robsonInterestingly, the existing hotel is 394 feet; taller than the proposed tower replacements, albeit at lower density.

63-Unit Building Planned for Lynn Creek Area of North Vancouver

Wanson Development is planning a new 6-storey residential building in the Lynn Creek area of North Vancouver, just a couple of blocks South of the Seylynn Village project which is half complete. The site is located at 467 Mountain Highway, just South of Hunter Street. This is currently an industrial area, but portions fronting Mountain Highway were redesignated for mixed-use a few years ago.

Plans for the 18,600 SF site include:

  • a 6-storey building
  • 63 condo units (24% one-bedrooms, 66% two-bedrooms, 10% three-bedrooms)
  • 6 ground-floor retail units totaling 5,663 SF
  • a building height of 75.5 feet
  • a total density of 3.5 FSR
  • two levels of underground parking

The rezoning requires a total CAC payment of $705,000, equivalent to $16.50 per SF for density above 1.2 FSR base. Wanson had acquired the site in 2014 for $4,800,000, or $74 per buildable SF.

The building features an interesting central courtyard layout. The architect for the project is Francl Architecture.


First Tower at City of Lougheed to Include 566 Units

Shape Properties is proceeding with a formal rezoning application for the first residential tower in The City of Lougheed, the project name for the 40-acre Lougheed mall site that was approved for redevelopment under a master plan earlier this year to include 23 residential towers.

The application for the first phase of the project is in a prominent part of the site at the Southeast corner (Northwest corner of North Rd and Austin Ave). The plan includes:

  • a 55-storey residential tower
  • a total building height of 520 ft.
  • 566 units
  • 517,000 SF of residential area
  • a total density of 2.60 FAR
  • 590 underground parking spaces

The application describes the design: “The floor plates of the subject Tower 1 are arranged in two massing volumes that offer a different height extrusion of one part against the other. The larger of the two parts extends up to 55 storeys while the smaller part sits at 47-storeys. This arrangement provides for a landscaped terrace and exposed elevator core.”