Rental Building Proposed for West 4th Thrift Store Site

A rezoning application has been submitted for the Southwest corner of West 4th & Cypress in Kitsilano, currently improved with the Salvation Army Thrift Store and a detached house.

The 10,496 SF site is currently zoned C-2B. The plan for the site is a new 5-storey mixed-use building that includes:

    • 32 market rental units;
    • 1 studio unit, 7 one-bedrooms, 18 two-bedrooms & 6 three-bedrooms;
    • 4,205 SF of retail space on the ground floor;
    • a total density of 3.13 FSR;
    • a building height of 62 ft.; and
    • 2 levels of underground parking.

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

The architect for the project is Rositch Hemphill Architects.

32-Units Above Retail Planned for Alma & 10th Corner

A development application has been submitted by Landa Global for their site at the Southeast corner of West 10th and Alma Street. The 23,300 SF, C-2 zoned site is now vacant and was previously an Esso gas station before Landa bought the site in 2015 for $18 Million (or $313 per buildable SF).

The plan for the site is a 4-storey, mixed-use commercial and residential building that includes:

  • 32 market residential units;
  • A total density of 2.48 FSR;
  • A building height of 57,762 SF;
  • 7 retail units at grade;
  • 80 underground parking on two levels accessed from the rear lane.

 

Under the site’s existing C-2 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

The architect for the project is Rafii Architects.

Infill Building Proposed for Cambie Street

A development application has been submitted for a 4,659 SF lot on the West side of Cambie between West 18th and West 19th Avenues.

The site is currently occupied by Pronto Restaurant and sister bar Prontino. The imminent closure of the restaurant was featured in Global News.

The development proposal involves the development of a new 4-storey, mixed commercial and residential building consisting of:

  • Dental office on the ground floor;
  • 5 residential units above;
  • 1 level of underground parking, having vehicular access from Tupper Street;
  • A proposed building height of 44 ft;
  • A total density of 2.16 FSR.

Under the site’s existing C-2 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

The building sold in 2016 for $4,388,000, or $436 per buildable SF based on the development application.

44-Unit Building Proposed for Upper Lonsdale Site

A rezoning application has been made for an existing apartment property at Lonsdale and 26th Street in North Vancouver. There was a fire in the building one year ago and the existing apartment property has been vacant ever since. The proposal for  the new building includes the potential acquisition of a road right of way totaling 9,625 SF to expand the site to a total of 17,962 SF. The site is designated Residental Level 5 in the City of North Vancouver’s Official Community Plan.

The proposal is for a new 6-storey building that includes:

  • 16 condo units (6 one-bedrooms, 6 two-bedrooms & 4 three-bedrooms);
  • 28 rental units (19 one-bedrooms, 6 two-bedrooms & 3 three-bedrooms);
  • A total density of 2.06 FAR (after consolidation);
  • 36 underground parking stalls.
  • A 15-foot wide pedestrian right of way connecting Lonsdale.

The architect for the project is GBL Architects.

22-Storey Tower Planned for Davie Street Site

Vivagrand Developments has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 25,931 SF site at 1485 Davie Street, at the Northeast corner of Davie and Nicola in the West End. The site is currently improved with an older 3-storey walkup apartment building.

The plan for the site is a new 22-storey building with a three storey building to the rear. The proposal includes the following:

  • 107 condo units on the 4th to 22nd floors;
  • 51 social housing units on the first three floors;
  • A total density of 5.81 FSR;
  • A building height of approximately 190 ft.;
  • Three levels of underground parking accessed from the lane with a total 198 parking spaces provided.

The architect, WT Leung., describes the design rationale: “The proposed development of 1485 Davie St. then is for market strata residential units as well as market rental residential units with the rental units replacing the existing 51 rental units now on site at a one to one replacement ratio. Taking advantage of the lay of the land sloping down from east to west, the market units will all be located in a 22 story tower at the lower west half of the site and the rental units located both at the base of the tower in it’s lowest 2nd and 3rd residential floors and also on those same floors in an attached 4 story podium which extends from the tower up the hill to the east end of the site. The street wall of the base and podium of the building frames Davie St. and Nicola St. and includes a landscaped setback to provide some privacy and separation between suites and the sidewalk public realm. Around the back at the Lane, beyond the driveway entry to the underground Parkade and the garbage/loading area which are tucked under the tower portion of the podium, a 3 story block of stacked rental townhouses populates the Lane buffered with a landscaped setback. A fourth story Amenity Room sits atop the Lane townhouse block, but is set back from the Lane façade to allow for better sunlight penetration to the Lane.”

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.

VivaGrand acquired the site in 2016 for $36,500,000, or $225 per buildable SF based on the gross floor area in the application.

A community open house has been scheduled from 5:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at The Listel Hoel, Impressionist Gallery, 1300 Robson Street with the applicant team and City staff available to answer any questions.

The full development application can be viewed here: http://development.vancouver.ca/1485davie/index.htm

Mixed-Use Development Planned for Commercial & Pender

Cressey Development Group has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 24,775 SF site at the Northwest corner of Commercial Drive and East Pender Street in East Vancouver. The site is currently zoned MC-1, which allows a total combined mixed-use density up to 2.50 FSR and 4-storeys.

The site is actually located within the boundaries of the Grandview Woodland Community Plan which allows up to 6-storeys, but Cressey has elected to develop under the existing zoning, rather than rezoning. The site to the immediate North can be built up to 10-storeys per the Grandview Plan.

The development proposal for the site at 485 Commercial Drive is for a 4-storey mixed-use residential/commercial building containing:

    • 8,206 SF of retail space in two CRU units fronting Commercial Drive;
    • 3,226 SF of office space on the 2nd floor;
    • 10 rental units (4 studios, 4 one-bedrooms and 2 two-bedrooms)
    • 31 condo units (10 studios and 21 three-bedroom townhouse units)
    • a total density of 2.23 FSR;
    • an overall building height varying from 46.42 feet – 49.67 feet; and
    • one level of underground parking providing 61 parking spaces, having vehicular access from the lane.
    • 11,493 SF of gardens and decks.

 

The architect, Gair Williamson describes the application: “The proposed mixed-use development comprises residential, commercial and office units in forms of four discrete building blocks gathered around an internal courtyard. Bounded by two streets, a laneway and a part wall to the west, the development proposes distinct functions and facade treatments on each elevation. Back of house on the laneway serves parking and utilities; the Commercial Drive frontage is dedicated to commercial units, and the East Pender Street elevation accommodates two main lobby entrances for the residential and commercial components, as well as individual entries to the residential units at grade.

A key feature of the proposed development is the courtyard on the 2nd level. Not only does it host entrances to the residential units, but accomodates a safe, semi-private outdoor amenity for families, allowing functions such as communal gathering and playing.”

The application requires a variance to the maximum allowable height by just a few feet.

The full application can be viewed here (for a limited time only): http://development.vancouver.ca/pc485commerical/index.htm

6-Storey Rental Building Planned for Hastings Heights

A rezoning application has been submitted for a new rental apartment building on a 66′ lot on the South side of East Hastings Street in the Hastings Heights area of Vancouver. The site totals 6,762 SF and is currently zoned C-2C1.

The plan for the site at 3532 East Hastings Street is to rezone under Rental 100 for a 6-storey building, consisting of:

    • 34 secured market rental units;
    • 2,021 SF of retail space at grade;
    • a total density of 4.08 FSR;
    • a building height of 67 ft.; and
    • 1 level of underground car parking with 24 stalls.

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

The architect for the project is Gair Williamson Architects.

The property last sold in June 2016 for $3,100,000 or $83 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.