FOR SALE: Potential Cambie Townhouse Development Site

We are pleased to introduce this 5-lot land assembly in the Phase 3 area of the Cambie Corridor. The site has potential to be redeveloped for ground-oriented housing in the forthcoming Phase 3 of the Cambie Corridor Plan.

533-581 West 26th AvePlease contact us for further information. Brochure: Bro_West 26th Assembly Final E

Latest Office Proposal Demonstrates Trend for Smaller Sites

A rezoning application has been submitted for a 90 x 110 ft, C-3A zoned site at 521-525 West 8th Avenue, just west of Cambie Street (across from Whole Foods). The site is currently comprised of two single-storey retail buildings, one of which is now vacant.

The proposal calls for a nine-storey office building with retail, and includes:

    • 60,300 SF of office space
    • 2,000 SF of retail space
    • Office floorplates ranging from 6,400 to 9,015 SF
    • A total density 6.91;
    • A building height of 111 ft.;
    • 88 parking spaces on 3 1/2 underground levels; and
    • 35 bicycle parking spaces

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Typical Tower Floorplan

This application is being considered under the Metropolitan Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan. The “Metro Core” plan policy has been in place now for almost ten years. The primary purpose the plan was to facilitate rezoning for commercial development, either by restricting residential use, or by allowing greater density for office uses. The site falls within the “Broadway Corridor Choice-of-Use Areas” which allow for increased commercial density by virtue of proximity to transit.

The architect for the project is Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership.

This application is the latest in a recent trend of rezoning applications for office buildings on sites under 10,000 SF which traditionally would’ve been viewed as too small to accommodate larger floorplates and parking requirements.

Construction Update: The Spot

Here is a construction update for a residential project that is located on a fairly prominent corner across from City Hall at West 12th Avenue and Cambie Street. The Spot is a 125-unit, 8-storey concrete condo project on a former White Spot restaurant site (the site is owned and being developed by parent company Shato Holdings).

Sales for the project began in the spring of 2015, and construction began last fall. The project is now 100% sold out.

The Spot

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34-Unit Project Proposed for South Cambie

A rezoning application has been filed for a 17,000 SF two-lot assembly site at 7638-7662 Cambie Street, on the east side of Cambie between West 60th and West 61st Street.

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

  • 34 units;
  • 2 studios, 4 one-bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms and 6 three-bedrooms
  • a building height of 70 ft. ;
  • a total density of 2.43 FSR; and
  • 71 vehicle parking spaces and 49 bicycle spaces.

The application is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan.

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The architect, GBL, explains the design rationale: “The Cambie Street facade comprises of stacked linear interowoven layers that playfully mirror the vehicular energy and movement of the adjacent street. The long projecting balconies act as giant louvers that shield the building face from mid to late afternoon sun, while also providing some acoustic buffering depth from the busy traffic.”

Details Emerge for Onni’s Pearson Dogwood Project

Details have emerged regarding the rezoning of the Pearson Dogwood site at 500-650 West 57th Avenue, as the full rezoning application has now been released. Onni‘s proposed plan for the 25-acre site at Cambie and 57th is for a large-scale mixed-use development that will include:

    • a total density of 2.8 FSR
    • 3,097,262 SF of building area
    • 2,170 total units
    • 5 phases
    • residential use consisting of: market units, rental units and affordable units
    • building heights between 3 and 28-storeys
    • replacement housing for George Pearson Centre
    • a replacement facility for the Dogwood Lodge
    • retail and commercial space
    • a community health centre
    • a YMCA facility with a 25-metre pool and a therapeutic pool
    • a 69 space child care facility
    • a 2.5 acre City park
    • an urban farm
    • a potential future transit station


The application describes the rezoning rationale: “The proposed site master plan embodies the principles of Complete Community planning, intertwining health, recreation, retail, and employment uses with housing diversity and affordability.

At the heart of the development is an extensive park and open space system, which includes: a new 2.5 acre City Park (to be designed later through a City-led process); a 1 acre urban farm; the large Pearson Plaza; the High Street Commons, a north-south open space that ties the Pearson Dogwood site to Langara Gardens to the north; and the Cambie Walk retail plaza, which extends from the central open space area to the proposed transit station at 57th Avenue and Cambie Street.
In addition, the open space network is complemented by diagonal pathways through the development blocks in all four corners of the site, providing excellent porosity and movement to and from the proposed transit station to the northeast, the Cambie Corridor, and schools and recreation facilities to the west.
Housing affordability and diversity will be a hallmark of the Pearson project, integrating a variety of people with differing incomes and abilities throughout the site. Affordable and accessible housing units will be included in multiple buildings across the site, with almost half of the replacement units for Pearson residents included in phase 1. In addition, a new 144- bed Complex Residential Care facility will be developed for residents with significant health care needs.
In addition to affordable housing, market housing will include a significant number of larger units (2 and 3 bedrooms), appropriate for families with children. Opportunities for improving affordability of market units will be explored, which may include providing units with modest finishes.”
Pearson_5 Pearson_6The master architect for the project is IBI Group.

26-storey Tower Proposed for Cambie and Smithe Corner Site

A rezoning application has been made for a site at 225 Smithe Street, at the Northwest corner of Smithe and Cambie in Downtown Vancouver. The plan calls for rezoning from the existing DD (Downtown) District to CD-1 to allow a 26-storey residential above office mixed-use building that includes:

    • four levels of commercial space totaling 27,000 SF;
    • a  building height of 286.8 ft;
    • a density of 11.85 FSR;
    • 114 residential units; and
    • 178 underground parking space

This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder.

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The site was previously owned by James Schouw and envisioned for a luxury 28-unit condo building called ‘Thalia‘, but was later sold under foreclosure to Boffo Developments in 2011. The purchase price at that time was $11,600,000.

Market Spotlight: City of Vancouver Rezoning Applications

Here is a brief overview of City of Vancouver rezoning applications going before City Council next week:

468 West 33rd Ave & 4956-4958 Cambie Street

468 West 33rdThis application was made by Kenstone Properties back in August 2014.

The proposal is for a 65-unit, 6-storey condo building at the Southeast corner of 33rd and Cambie. If approved by council it will go to public hearing next.

5648-5678 Victoria Drive

5678 VictoriaThis proposal, by Bhandal Homes, is for a 6-storey, 48-unit market rental apartment building with retail at grade. The site is currently zoned C-2, but the application for greater density (3.48 FSR) is being made under the Rental 100 policy.

It is seeking to go to public hearing.

3819 Boundary Road

3819 BoundaryThis is another market rental application being made under the Rental 100 program. The plan for this site, originally conceived in 2013, is to rezone from C-1 to allow a 4-storey building with 23 rental apartments. If approved it goes to public hearing.