Rare Multi-Family Building Planned for Arbutus Ridge

Trillium Projects has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop an 11,440 SF site on MacDonald Street at Alamein Avenue, just South of West 24th Avenue in the Arbutus Ridge neighbourhood of Vancouver’s Westside. The area is a small commercial strip in an otherwise predominantly single family neighbourhood. The existing building on the site is an auto service centre.

The proposal is for a 3-storey building and duplex, including:

  • 8 residential units, including 6 townhomes and a duplex;
  • 2 retail CRU units on the ground level;
  • a total density of 1.34 FSR;
  • One level of underground parking accessed from the lane; and
  • 21 parking stalls

4066 MacDonald_2 4066 MacDonald_1 4066 MacDonaldUnder the site’s existing CD-1 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 Shift Architecture.

Here is a link to the development application: http://development.vancouver.ca/4066macdonald/index.htm

New Retail Building Proposed for West 4th & Arbutus

Bonnis Properties is proposing to redevelop a site that they acquired at the northwest corner of West 4th Avenue and Arbutus Street. The plan calls for a one-storey, 4,010 SF retail building with a roof deck. The 50 x 111′ C-2B zoned site is currently occupied by a Midas service centre.

The proposal is explained by the architect in the application: “The proposed structure has been design for potential relocation of the adjacent Lululemon store to the proposed building.The design including the roof terrace is based on the requirements and specifications of this potential tenant. The design of the building is flexible to allow for one or two commercial units in the future if required. The proposed building is a non-combustible steel construction and the exterior finishes are a combination of exterior architectural concrete panel system and metal cladding.”

2101 West 4th_1 2101 West 4th_2 2101 West 4th_3The site was acquired through a bidding process in late 2013 and was ultimately sold for $6,000,000, or $1,081 per SF of land.


Vancouver’s Varsity bowling, Ridge Theatre demolition approved

Courtesy of CBC News

Cressey Development Group plans to tear down Ridge Theatre, which has shown movies since 1950, and the neighbouring Varsity Ridge Bowling Lanes. “Cressey Development Group plans to tear down Ridge Theatre, which has shown movies since 1950, and the neighbouring Varsity Ridge Bowling Lanes. (CBC/Stephanie Mercier)

Plans to demolish the Varsity Ridge Bowling lanes and the Ridge Theatre to build a new four-story condominium development were approved by the City of Vancouver’s development permit board on Monday night.

Community members had rallied to save the bowling lanes near the corner of 16th Avenue and Arbutus Street in recent weeks, saying they were a valuable community facility. About 700 people use the lanes as league bowlers they say.

But Brian Jackson, the general manager of planning and development, said the board does not have the authority to order Cressey Developments to include a bowling alley in its development.”


The Ridge on Arbutus To Be Redeveloped

Cressey has begun the development application process for The Ridge site on Arbutus Street at 16th Avenue.  Shown in the rendering above, the planned project would consist of five storeys, 52 dwelling units and 21,000 square feet of retail space, similar to the development of properties further North on Arbutus Street and much smaller scale than the upcoming Arbutus Village.  The project will preserve the iconic Ridge sign that has been on the site for decades as well as provide numerous amenities such as what is likely to become a grocery store and improved park space around the development.