8-Storey Building Planned for Granville & West 7th Corner

A development application has been submitted by Aoyuan Canada to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the Southwest corner of Granville and 7th for a new residential above retail development. The site is currently improved with older retail buildings, including the corner building, now vacant, and previously occupied by EQ3 Furniture for several years.

The plan for the 17,982 SF, C-3A zoned property is for a new 8-storey building that includes:

  • 41 market residential units;
  • 16 one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms and 9 three-bedrooms;
  • A total density of 3.30 FSR:
  • 7,776 SF of retail space at grade;
  • 48 underground parking on two levels accessed from the rear lane.

The application describes the design rationale: “The proposed form of the building responds to the Granville Street setbacks and View Cone 20-2014 to maintain the corridor view to the North Shore while also respecting historical built form on Granville Street. The building is comprised of three forms stepping up and away from the commercial street along Granville to the eight-storey high portion of the building along the west property boundary.

Retail spaces at street level are shaped as separate units to follow Granville’s street character and break the building proportion to a pedestrian scale. The design of the store frontages and entries sloping up the street will encourage an active and engaging street. Stone cladding will be used on Granville to give a warm and grand look to the stores.”

Under the site’s existing C-3A 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 IBI Group.

Market Spotlight: Burnaby Rezoning Applications

A number of rezoning applications head to Burnaby City Council next week. Below is a brief summary of some of the larger projects planned:

4716-4780 Hastings Street

4716 Hastings

This 1.22 acre site is controlled by Adera Development and is a collection of seven individual parcels including the Destination Honda dealership. The site totals 459 feet of frontage and is located in the Hastings Street Area Plan Extension, which allows a total density of up to 2.40 FAR. The proposed plan is a new 4-storey project with retail, office and 59 residential units.

2751 Production Way 

2751 ProductionThis 223,495 SF site is located at the southwest corner of Production Way and Broadway, next to the Metro Vancouver Operations Centre and is currently improved with a vacant industrial building. The site is located in the Lake City Business Centre Plan area and is seeking rezoning for a new multi-tenant light manufacturing/ warehouse/ office development with a total height of 4-storeys and density of 1.0 FAR.

4828 Lougheed Highway and 4829 Dawson Street (Concord Brentwood Phase 2)

Concord Brentwood

This rezoning application is for the second phase of Concord Pacific’s ‘Concord Brentwood’ project. The 2nd phase is within the Flatlands Precinct of the master plan for the overall site. This phase will include two high-rise residential towers, a midrise tower and townhouses with a commercial and amenity podium. Access to the below and above ground parking will be from Dawson Street.

4500-4554 Dawson Street and 2223-2375 Alpha Avenue

DawsonThis is a 9.3 acre site (totaling 7 parcels) in Brentwood Town Centre that we reported as sold to Aoyuan Group back in June for $152 Million. The site is large enough to require a master plan and phasing which is the subject of this rezoning application. The master plan will include multiple residential towers, as well as commercial space and new north-south pedestrian linkage through the site. Most of the site will require above-ground parking due to soil conditions. Aoyuan’s website indicates that the plan includes “1,400 condominiums, 50 townhomes and a mix of commercial and retail units”.

4455 Alaska Street 

4455 AlaskaThis site is also located in the Brentwood Town Centre area and is slated for a tower. The 35,951 SF site is located at the corner of Alaska Street and Willingdon Avenue and is designated under the RM-4s high density residential guidelines which allow up to a density of 3.60 FAR. The developer for the proposed project is Amacon.


8 Acre Brentwood Site Sells in $152 Million Deal

An 8.13 acre land assembly at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Dawson Avenue has sold to Aoyuan Property Group (Canada), a Hong Kong based developer, for $152,000,000.

DawsonThe site comprises six parcels, currently improved with various older industrial buildings. The Brentwood Town Centre Plan designates the site a mixture of medium density mixed use and high density residential.