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.

Rezoning Application Submitted for Brickhouse Chinatown Site

The much anticipated rezoning application has been formally submitted to the City of Vancouver for the Brickhouse site at the corner of Main and Union on the Southern edge of Chinatown. The rezoning had been displayed in late last year and into this year at public open houses.  

The plan for the site at 728-796 Main Street is to rezone from the existing HA-1A District to a CD-1 to allow for a 15-storey mixed-use development that includes:

  • commercial space on the ground level and mezzanine;
  • 19 social housing units, located on mezzanine and second levels, to replace existing Single Room Accommodation (SRA) units on site (social housing to be owned by the City);
  • a building height of 150 ft.;
  • a density of 8.12 FSR;
  • 99 market residential units from levels 3 to 15; and
  • four levels of underground parking

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The architect for the project is Studio One Architecture.

33-Unit Project Planned for Chinatown

James Schouw and Associates has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop on a 6,098 SF site next to Beedie’s controversial project at Keefer and Columbia. The plan for the existing vacant site is for a 10-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses on the first two floors and residential uses above. The proposal includes :

  • 33 residential units;
  • total floor area of 49,323 SF;
  • 8,000 SF of commercial space;
  • building height of approximately 88 ft.; and
  • 3 levels of underground parking containing 39 parking spaces.

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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 Director of Planning.

Construction Update: 245 East Georgia

Here is a construction update on an interesting infill project in Chinatown that was approved under the Rental 100 program in 2013. 245 East Georgia St. is a 9-storey apartment being built on a 25-foot lot. As described on Gair Williamson Architect’s website:

“The design is for 40 studio apartments ranging in size from 320 to 360 square feet and a commercial unit at the ground level. All units have floor to ceiling glazing with either juliet windows or a balcony, there is also a communal roof deck providing opportunities for urban agriculture.”

There will also be retail on the ground floor.

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The site was sold by Colliers in 2012 for $1,150,000.

Petition Raises Concerns over Future of Brickhouse

An online petition to save the Brickhouse building at 730 Main St. in Chinatown has emerged even though a rezoning application referencing the site has yet to be filed with the City of Vancouver. The petition raises concerns about the building’s future because the property is part of a possible application to redevelop properties from 728 to 796 Main Street.

The petition, which links to a recent Vancouver Sun article by John Mackie (“The heritage battle for Chinatown”), states: “Don’t let new condos flatten the Brickhouse.”…

…Bonnis Development owns the Brickhouse property, as well as vacant land beside it.

The building at 796 Main St. — Creekside Student Residence — is designated under the City of Vancouver’s single-room-accommodation bylaw and contains 22 designated SRA units. That site includes another small building at 207 Union Street — the Jimi Hendrix Shrine building.

“We have an agreement with the current owner, but we do not own [the property] as of today,” Kerry Bonnis, principle of Bonnis Development, told the Courier.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/news/petition-raises-concerns-over-future-of-brickhouse-1.1624454

Plans Presented for Prime Chinatown Corner Site

Beedie Living has filed a rezoning application for an 18,287 SF site it acquired in 2013 at 105 Keefer Street and 544 Columbia Street. The proposal is for a 14-storey mixed-use building that includes:

  • 137 residential units;
  • commercial space on the ground and 2nd levels;
  • a total density of 7.92 FSR;
  • three levels of underground parking; and
  • a height 127 ft.

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