Rental Tower Slated for West End Includes 276 Units

Hollyburn Properties has submitted their rezoning application for the existing office/apartment property they own at 1640-1650 Alberni Street.  The site is located within Area A of the West End Community Plan, and has been identified for rezoning potential for a building up to 385 feet.

The plan is to rezone and rebuild the RM-5C zoned, 17,296 SF (132′ x 132′) property with a new 42-storey residential apartment tower with a four-storey podium, including:

  • 276 units of secured market rental housing;
  • 172 one-bedroom units, 89 two bedroom units and 15 three-bedroom units;
  • a total density of 13.69 FSR;
  • five levels of underground parking with 148 vehicle parking stalls;
  • 345 bicycle parking spaces; and
  • a building height of 385 ft.

This application is being considered under the West End Community Plan and Rezoning Policy for the West End.

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The project architect, Francl Architecture, describes the design rationale:

“The architectural expression of the building is derived in response to the surrounding urban context and to the opportunities that this site presents for its residents. With mountains to the north, Stanley Park to the west, the west end to the south and downtown to the east, views are exceptional in all directions. All of the tower suites have corner windows to take advantage of these views. The east and west facades have increased opaque massing with a curving solid envelope structure.

The facade orientations minimize the privacy and overlook issues with neighboring buildings and yield the best distant view potential for residents of the building. Suites are arranged and laid out to maximize these view opportunities. The tower is shaped to present a relatively narrow façade to the street, giving it a tall slender silhouette against the skyline. The rhythm of balcony projections further animate the tower facades as well provide the necessary solar control for the south and west facing facades.”

North Vancouver Rental Apartment Tower Plan Moving Forward

Over two years after originally unveiling plans for a new rental tower at Lonsdale and 13th, Hollyburn Properties is now close to final council approval. Hollyburn has had to seek a relaxation to the OCP height limits for the site – previously affirmed as 121 feet in the OCP. The current proposal is for a 187 ft tower. The plan is for a 19-storey mixed-use development that includes:

  • 16-storeys of residential with 144 rental housing units
  • a partial storey of amenity space, over a two storey, 27,290 SF retail and office podium including 6 CRU units
  • a total density of 4.80 FSR

The site is currently zoned ‘C-1A’ which allows for a density of 2.6 FSR. The OCP allows for density of 3.0 FSR with a Density Bonus up to a maximum of 1.0 FSR in the Mixed Use Level 4B Designation for a total maximum density of 4.0 FSR. A maximum height of 37 metres (120 feet) is currently established for the site and the site has been designated a “Special Study Area” in anticipation of further exploration of appropriate form. The proposal includes the purchase of 0.8 FSR (22,186 SF) of rental transfer density at a rate of $90 / sq. ft., resulting in a cash contribution to the City of $1,996,758.

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Market Update: Burnaby Rezoning Applications

Here is a brief roundup of rezoning applications going before City of Burnaby council this week:

6837-6875 Royal Oak Avenue

6837-royal-oakThe plan for this 27,229 SF site in the Royal Oak area is for a 4-storey residential building with 54 units. The project will also have 8,106 SF of retail on the ground level and 106 underground parking stalls. The site is currently zoned M4light industrial and is occupied by older warehouse buildings. The project is being developed under the C9 Urban Village designation to a total density of 2.19 FAR.

6695 Dunblane Avenue & 4909-4971 Imperial Street

6695 Dunblane_1Transca Development initially submitted a rezoning application for this L-shaped site earlier this year, and the plan is now likely heading to public hearing. The proposal is a single 36-storey apartment tower with a 2-storey form fronting Nelson Avenue, a 3-storey residential form fronting Dunblane Avenue, and a 4-storey form fronting Imperial that includes 2-storey townhouses with double height amenity space above. There will be a total of 313 units, and a total density of 5.11 FAR per the RM-5s designation.

6921-6965 Arcola Street

6921-arcolaThis site is an assembly of six single family lots in the Edmonds area. The lots are currently zoned R5 but are being rezoned to RM3 based on the Edmonds Town Centre Plan. The proposal for the site is a 3-storey stacked townhouse development with underground parking. All the units are 3-bedrooms and range between 1,237 SF and 1,496 SF. The total density is 1.1 FAR.

1818-1862 West Broadway Sells in $56 Million Deal

An assembly of properties at 1818-1862 West Broadway, on the South side of Broadway just West of Burrard Street, has sold for $56,250,000. The combined site has 300 feet of frontage and a total site area of 37,500 SF. The purchase price equates to $500 per buildable SF.

1818-w-broadwayThe site was listed and sold by Colliers earlier this year:

There is no word on immediate plans for redevelopment.

Plans Proceeding for Second Phase of Burrard Place

Reliance Properties has submitted their formal development application for the second phase of Burrard Place. The first phase includes a 54-storey condo tower that was sold out in 2015 and is now being excavated.

The second phase of the project, located at the corner of Burrard and Drake, includes a 13-storey office building, including:

  • Restaurant on the ground floor,
  • A 3-storey auto dealership (to be the replacement of Downtown Toyota – Pattison is a partner in the deal)
  • Office space on floors 4-13
  • 5 levels of underground parking and underground vehicle repair space;
  • Overall height of approximately 182 ft; and
  • Overall density of 7.86 FSR.

The overall concept was already approved via rezoning application in November 2013.

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A third phase includes a 36-storey condo tower fronting Hornby Street just north of the first tower.

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The architect, IBI Group, explains the design rationale:

“Tower B is the “front door” of the proposed mixed-use development. It anchors the critical and highly visible corner of Burrard and Drake Street. As the lowest of the three towers in the development with an important architectural mandate, Tower B unifies the expression of its two primary uses as an office building and a car display showroom in one distinctive built-form. This deliberate gesture sets it apart from the podium/tower expression of the rest of the development. The Toyota showroom, occupying the lower 3 levels of the building, is highly transparent visible from Burrard st, Drake and lane. The entrance of the Toyota showroom is strategically located at the corner of Burrard and Drake where the Drake Street elevation showcases a 3-storey and highly transparent street wall acting like a giant display window of cars which are uniquely arranged on multi- levels of display showroom. The office tower is anchor ed by a cylindrical volume at the plaza level unfolds into a fluid glass wall above, fronting on Burrard Street. Three spiral shaped elements revolve dow n the west façade marking the office entrance on Burrard Street. Around the corner on Drake Street, a tapering glass wall exemplifies the vertical dimension of the tower giving it a sculptural and slim profile. For privacy and comfort, the glass skin of the entire building will be articulated with “random” placement of insulated spandrels, fritted and vision glass, further animating the appearance of the building. The new centralized core of the office floor plate simplifies the structural system and at the same time provides a high level of flexibility for either single or multi-tenant use. The sculptural building form with its articulated glass skin defines Tower B truly as a “jewel box” in downtown Vancouver.

The mixed use activities of this tower extend below grade where the Toyota Service Centre and office parking are located. To provide separation and clarity between these two principal uses, a doubletreaded helix parking has been proposed with each tread having adiscrete circulation system that continuously loops down to their spaces below grade. The loops are tied together with cross overs that allow for shared exiting and access to services.”

FOR SALE: West End Development Opportunity

We are pleased to introduce this 17,292 SF redevelopment opportunity at the corner of Thurlow and Burnaby Street in the West End of Vancouver. The assembled site has potential for rezoning for a 300 foot residential tower per the West End Community Plan, and is one of the last remaining opportunities to develop in this sub-area without view cone restrictions.

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Construction Update: Vancouver House

Here is the latest view of the construction site for Vancouver House, the 515 foot 52-storey condo tower being developed by Westbank.

After initially clearing the site began in December 2014, the construction is now almost at ground level.

Photos taken October 7, 2016:

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