65-Unit Condo Building Planned for Main & 6th

Port Living has submitted a rezoning application for a site at 2202 Main Street, on the Southeast corner of 6th and Main in Mount Pleasant. 

The 17,445 SF site, currently occupied by Blue Star Motors and a 2-storey commercial building, is currently zoned IC-2 but has rezoning potential as part of the Mount Pleasant Community Plan.

The proposal, entitled “Main Street Arts”, is to permit the development of a 6-storey mixed use building that includes:

    • 65 condo units;
    • 19 studios, 19 one-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms and 10 three-bedrooms;
    • 9,614 SF of at-grade retail plus 6,617 SF of below ground retail;
    • A total density of 3.86 FSR;
    • A building height of 74.5 ft;
    • 99 parking spaces (including 1 car share space); and
    • 2 Class B loading spaces.

The architect for the project is Studio B Architects

Plan Emerges for Metrotown Sears Site

Concord Pacific‘s preliminary rezoning application will go to City of Burnaby council next week for the master plan of the 8.9 acre Sears Metrotown site at 4750 Kingsway. Concord acquired the site from Sears Canada in 2015 for $100,000,000.  The site is currently home to a soon to be closed Sears store, a Toys-R-Us store and a presentation centre.

Initial planning work got underway in 2013 when Sears selected Concord Pacific as the developer, but had been partly delayed pending the City of Burnaby’s revision of the Metrotown Downtown Plan, completed earlier this year.

The purpose of the current rezoning application is to establish a Conceptual Master Plan, Design Guidelines and a detailed first phase of development, which would provide for specific development rights for the initial phase; and guide further applications for the development of the site which will include substantial commercial and residential components. The site is designated for high density development utilizing the RM-5s and C3 guidelines.

The overall vision for the site is described as: ” a pedestrian-oriented, transit-connected
community that reflects the strong urban design principles and an urban form unique in the City. The Sears Metrotown site is envisioned to be fully integrated with the surrounding Metro Downtown neighbourhood and the broader Town Centre through the creation of new vehicle, pedestrian and cycling connections to existing streets to the north including McMurray and McKercher Avenues, as well facilitating new future connections to the south and west through the Metropolis at Metrotown site and Station Square.”

Preliminary details for the overall master plan include:

  • Seven towers
  • Four development phases
  • 1,945,855 SF of residential space
  • 660,734 SF of commercial space
  • a total density of 9.75 FSR

Phase 1 details include:

  • 1,309 units in Phase 1
  • 3 towers ranging from 33 to 65-storeys
  • 1,485 parking spaces on 7 levels of underground parking 
  • a 48,000 SF indoor amenity space
  • towers designed with a ceramic frit super graphic design element
  • addition of a new East-West road “Metro Way”

The application describes the first phase: “Phase I is the initial phase of development, located along the Kingsway frontage between McMurray Avenue. The Phase I site measures approximately 132,364 sq.ft., with a frontage on Kingsway of 1,053 ft. Phase
I consists of three residential high-rise apartment buildings.  All three residential buildings are located atop a 3 storey commercial and amenity podium.

The signature tower at the corner of Kingsway and Nelson Avenue does not have commercial uses on the Nelson Avenue frontage, but maintains the high volume in amulti-storey atrium lobby fronting on to the Lake Plaza. Tower 2’s lobby fronts onto Kingsway, in between commercial storefronts, while Tower 3’s lobby is oriented toward McMurray Avenue fronting on to the River Plaza.”

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

Beedie Proposing Changes for Long Anticipated Fraser Mills Site

Beedie Living is proposing changes to its proposed development on the 89 acre ‘Fraser Mills’ site in Southwest Coquitlam, branded the Village at Fraser Mills.

The project, one of Metro Vancouver’s largest ever master planned communities, was approved nearly a decade ago when the City of Coquitlam approved a master plan including up to 3,700 residential units. In the years that followed, there has been very little development of the site, with only three industrial buildings having gone under construction more recently.

Beedie has now applied to the City to revise the overall plan for the site, citing “changing market conditions over the past nine years”.

Fraser MillsKey changes being proposed include:

  • Adding 1,000 residential units (up to 4,700)
  • Increasing the number of towers from 10 to 15;
  • Increasing tower heights up to 41-storeys;
  • Increase in total density from 4,062,430 SF to 4,757,000 SF;
  • Expanding the plan area to include vacant 4.8 acre Air Care site;
  • Addition of a 40,000 SF public community centre with aquatics;
  • Reducing the industrial space by 250,000 SF;
  • Reducing the proposed retail space by 50,000 SF;
  • Replacing the post-secondary use with a 4-storey strata office building;
  • Retaining the Kiewit Wharf as a public amenity;
  • Removing the elementary school use;
  • Reduction in number of project phases from 16 to 9.

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Further details regarding the application can be viewed here: http://www.coquitlam.ca/docs/default-source/council-agenda-documents/councilincommittee_2017_10_23_-_item_6.pdf?sfvrsn=2

10-Storey Building Planned for Granville & 68th

Westland Corporation has submitted a rezoning application for a 20,030 SF site at the corner of 68th and Granville, next to the Safeway. The plan for 1506 West 68th Avenue is to rezone from C-2 and C-2C (Commercial) District to CD-1 to allow a 10-storey mixed-use building that includes:

  • 45 market residential units;
  • 11 one-bedrooms, 26 two-bedrooms and 8 three-bedrooms;
  • a total of 12,603 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total of 15,477 SF of office space on the 2nd floor;
  • a total density of 3.60 FSR;
  • a maximum building height of 135 ft. from grade;
  • 138 underground vehicle parking spaces and 112 bicycle parking spaces.

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The application is being considered under the Marpole Community Plan.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

Westland acquired the site in January 2016 for $19,855,000, or $275 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

9-Storey Office Building Slated for Yukon and West 6th Ave

Cressey Developments has submitted their application to rezone the 24,149 SF site they own at 425 West 6th Avenue, at the Northwest corner of Yukon and 6th, from C-3A to CD-1 to permit the development of a 9-storey office building.

The proposal includes:

    • 155,147 SF of office space;
    • 16,504 SF of ground floor retail;
    • A total density of 7.11 FSR;
    • A building height of 131.35 ft.;
    • 298 underground parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces on 5 levels; and
    • 2 Class A and 5 Class B loading spaces.

425 W 6th425 W 6th_1 425 W 6th_3 425 W 16th_2This application is being considered under the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan.

Cressey acquired the site in 2013 for $14,500,000, or $85 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

237-Unit Project Planned for Uptown Area of New Westminster

Orr Development has submitted their rezoning and development permit applications for a 34,801 SF site at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Westminster. The site is currently improved with older two-storey commercial buildings. 

The proposal for 616-640 Sixth Street is for a 30-storey mixed use development that includes:

  • 169 market residential strata units (on levels 8-30)
  • 68 secured market rental housing units (on levels 2-7)
  • 14,439 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total density of 6.03 FSR;
  • a total building height of 305 ft.
  • 299 underground parking spaces;
  • common outdoor amenity area located on the forth level on top of the podium roof.

616 Sixth616 Sixth_1616 Sixth_2The site is designated as (UC) Uptown Commercial in the current Official Community Plan. The Rezoning application entails changing the zoning of the property from Community Commercial Districts (High Rise) (C-3) to a new Comprehensive Development District (CD). The Development Permit application is to facilitate the review of the form and character of the proposal in accordance with Official Community Plan Development Permit Area Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Yamamoto Architecture.

Mixed-Use Building Planned for Chinatown Site

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 50′ x 122′ site in Chinatown with a new 8-storey mixed use building. The site is located mid-block on the North side of Keefer Street between Main Street and Gore Avenue. The existing building on site is a single-storey retail building that is vacant.

Details of the proposed development include:

  • 29 residential units;
  • 23 one-bedrooms and 6 two-bedrooms
  • 2,838 SF of ground-floor retail space
  • 12,022 SF of office space on the 2nd and 3rd floors;
  • a total density of 5.35 FSR;
  • 20 parking stalls on two underground levels accessed via car elevator.

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Under the site’s existing HA-1A zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

The site sold in June 2016 for $6,350,000 or $194 per buildable SF based on the application.

The architect for the project is Mallen Gowing Berzins Architecture.