New Rental Apartment Building Planned for Oak & 70th

Maiway Investments Ltd. has submitted an application to rezone an existing 13-unit lowrise apartment in order to build a new 6-storey apartment building at the Northwest corner of Oak and 70th in the Marpole area of Vancouver.

The plan for 8599 Oak Street is to rezone from the existing RM-3A zone to allow a 6-storey residential building including:

  • 36 secured market rental units;
  • 23 one-bedrooms, 7 two-bedrooms & 6 three-bedrooms;
  • a building height of 67 ft.;
  • a density of 2.50 FSR; and
  • two levels of underground parking with 28 vehicle spaces and 46 bicycle spaces.

8599 Oak_1 8599 OakThe application is being considered under the Marpole Community Plan.

The architect for the project is NORR Architects Planners.

The building had been listed for sale in 2015 and sold in November 2015 for $3,800,000, or $120 per buildable SF based on the application.

Rental 100 Project Planned for Main & 51st Corner

SKA Property Inc. has submitted a rezoning application under Rental 100  for a 7,712 SF site at the corner of Main and 51st Avenue in the Punjabi Market neighbourhood. The site is currently home to an older 3-storey building that is vacant.

The plan for the site at 6679 Main Street is to rezone from the existing C-2 zoning to allow a 6-storey mixed use building with commercial space at grade, including:

  • 28 rental apartment units;
  • 2 studios, 13 one bedrooms, 9 two bedrooms and 4 three-bedrooms;
  • 3,071 SF of ground floor retail space;
  • a total density of 3.62 FSR;
  • a building height of 70 ft.; and
  • 28 vehicle parking spaces.

6679 Main 6679 Main_16679 Main_36679 Main_2The application notes that the developer’s team are East Indian and intend on using the ground floor for their family business: a vegetarian grocery store.

The application is being considered under the Secured Market Rental Housing (R100) Policy.

The architect for the project is F. Adab Architects Inc.

Redevelopment Coming for Prominent Broadway & Cambie Corner

Pacific Crown Management Company Ltd. has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the Southwest corner of Broadway and Cambie with a new office and retail building.

Most people will know the site as the Original Joe’s building with the Starbucks on the ground floor.

The proposal for the new development is for a 7-storey office building that includes:

  • retail, restaurant and financial institution uses on the ground and second floors
  • office use on the third to seventh floors;
  • 61,381 SF of total floor area;
  • a total density of 3.30 FSR;
  • a total building height of 93 ft; and
  • two levels of underground parking accessed from the lane.

510 West Broadway510 West Broadway_2 510 West Broadway_1 510 West BroadwayUnder the site’s existing C3-A zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

The architect for the project is W.T. Leung Architects Inc.

New Look for 1133 Melville Street Proposal

Oxford Properties has changed the design plan for their 1133 Melville Street office building project, originally proposed for rezoning back in July 2015. The previous design was not supported at the Urban Design Panel in 2015, and has since been reworked with a smaller, but taller building.

The new design by James Cheng, features a much more interesting building massing. The revision includes stacked box design with the third box twisted from the street grid. There is a slight increase in height from 33 to 34-storeys. Details include:

  • a building height of 550 ft.
  • a total floor area of 555,047 SF
  • a total density of 18.20 FSR (down from 22.46 FSR)
  • four floorplate sizes, multiple decks including a rooftop deck
  • floor to ceiling windows
  • six levels of underground parking (231 vehicle spaces and 221 bicycle spaces)

1133 Melville_71133 Melville_8 1133 Melville_9The previous rezoning application can be viewed here: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1133melville/index.htm

Refurbishment of Gabriola Mansion Includes 20 Rental Units

A rezoning application has been submitted for the Gabriola Mansion property at 1523 Davie Street in Vancouver’s West End. The 26,000 SF property, principally occupied by one of the West End’s most notorious heritage buildings, was sold last year for $6.72 Million.

The application includes the preservation and restoration of the Gabriola Mansion building through conversion to rental apartments.

Further details include:

  • the conversion of the mansion into 16 market rental units;
  • 4 new infill 3-storey rental townhouses to be developed in the northeast corner of the property;
  • 4 three-bedrooms, 5 two-bedrooms, 7 one-bedrooms and 4 studios
  • an increase in FSR from 0.35 to 0.89; and
  • no increase in height from the existing CD-1 (248).

1523 Davie_3 1523 Davie_2 1523 Davie_1 1523 DavieThe architect for the project is Ankenman Marchand.

24-Storey Office Tower Planned for Budget Site

Westbank‘s rezoning application for the Budget Car Rental site at 400 West Georgia Street has been submitted to the City. The site is located at the corner of West Georgia and Homer Street, across from the Central Library Branch. The letter of intent submitted by Westbank, suggests that the building will be built “on spec”.

The plan for the 20,992 SF (175′ x 120′) site calls for rezoning from Downtown (DD) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District to allow for a 24-storey office building. The proposal includes:

  • 350,000 SF of office space;
  • 5,775 SF of retail space;
  • a building height of 301 ft.;
  • a total density 17.51 FSR;
  • steel construction;
  • six levels of underground parking; and
  • 125 bicycle parking spaces.

400 W Georgia400 W Georgia_5 400 W Georgia_4 400 W Georgia_3 400 W Georgia_2 400 W Georgia_1Design features will include triple-paned curtain wall, openable windows, large spans of column free space, glass floors. It will also incorporate a 4-storey high lobby.

The application describes the design rationale:

“The building is conceived as a cluster of white cubes that are bound by lush gardens. Pristine boxes project outward from the crevices filled with thick vegetation. The greenery is as expressive as the geometry is abstract. Together they merge into a staggered silhouette that is neither a tower nor warehouse, but a 3-dimensional campus.”
 
“The proposed building will be utilizing a concrete core with structural steel beams and steel decking c/w concrete topping. The steel construction seemed better suited to the architectural design and provides the desirable aesthetic of seeing the buildings structure visible through the transparent exterior glazing. The “truss” elements are cantilevering from 6 large column supports extending up through the entire building resulting in large open / column free interior spaces allowing flexible internal office planning configurations.”
 
This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder.

The architect for the project is Merrick Architecture.

35-Unit Apartment Building Planned for Central Lonsdale

Belaire Apartments Ltd., the owners of an existing 3-storey lowrise apartment building in North Vancouver, are planning a replacement of the building with a new, larger rental apartment building.

The subject site is located in the Central Lonsdale neighbourhood at the south west corner of Chesterfield Avenue and 16th Street. The site currently contains a 13-unit rental apartment building. The 10,400 SF site is located in an area of mainly three storey apartment buildings, with most of them built in the late 1960’s to mid – 1970’s, and are a mix of rental and strata dwellings.

The proposal is for a new 5-storey rental apartment building that includes:

  • 34 apartment units
  • 18 one-bedrooms, 13 two-bedrooms and 3 three-bedrooms
  • a total density of 2.50 FSR
  • 17 underground parking stalls
  • 51 bicycle stalls

1549 Chesterfield1549 Chesterfield_1 1549 Chesterfield_2 1549 Chesterfield_3The OCP land use designation of the site is Residential Level 5, which allows for a medium density multi-family up to a maximum density of 1.6 FSR, with the potential of a 1.0 FSR bonus density to be granted at Council’s discretion. The applicant is requesting a bonus be granted to 2.50 FSR with all the proposed units being rental and secured through a rental Housing Agreement.

The architect for the project is Gateway Architecture.