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.

Mixed-Use Building Planned for Ambleside Area of West Van

Atti Group has applied to the District of West Vancouver for a development permit for a 15,636 SF site at 1327 Marine Drive. The site is located on the North side of Marine Drive, just West of 13th Street in between the Shell Gas Station site and an older lowrise commercial building to the West.

The proposal is for a new 3-storey mixed use development that includes:

  • 16 residential units;
  • 5 one-bedrooms and 11 two-bedrooms;
  • Unit sizes of 600 – 1,400 SF;
  • 5,167 SF of ground-floor retail;
  • 38 underground parking spaces (13 for commercial, 25 for residential) on 3 levels;
  • a total density of 1.59 FSR
  • a total amenity unit payment of $273,000 

1327 Marine1327 Marine_2 1327 Marine_11327 Marine_3The proposal is generally consistent with the Ambleside Village Centre Development Permit Guidelines and OCP.

The architect for the project is Karl Gustavson.

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

26-Unit Rental Building Proposed for Marpole

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a two-lot assembly in Marpole at the corner of West 62nd Avenue and Columbia Street.

The plan for the RM-9 zoned, 9,681 SF site includes a 4-storey building with:

  • 26 rental apartment units
  • a total density of 1.91 FSR
  • 19 underground parking spaces on one level of underground

308 West 62nd Ave_1 308 West 62nd AveUnder the site’s existing RM-9 zoning, the application is “conditional”. The site falls just a few feet short of the required 90 ft. minimum site frontage and so the proponent has appealed to the Board of Variance. There is no CAC payable in this area of the Marpole Community Plan if the project is 100% rental. If the 90 ft. minimum site frontage is enforced, the project would be limited to 1.50 FSR.

The site was assembled between 2015 and 2016 for a total of $5,568,000, or $302 per buildable SF based on the proposed development.

The architect for the project is Stuart Howard Architects.

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.

129 Keefer_2 129 Keefer_1 129 KeeferThe plan also calls for the commercial space to have frontage on both the Keefer side and the laneway.

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.

Infill Tower Planned for North Van Apartment Property

A preliminary rezoning application has been submitted by Chard Development in order to add much needed rental apartment density to an existing apartment property in the Central Lonsdale area of North Vancouver.

1441 St. George’s Avenue is a rental apartment building at St. Georges and East 15th Street. The existing building is 14-storeys with a 2-storey commercial podium. The building contains 80 rental residential units and 52 commercial units.

The rezoning application is proposing to rezone the property to allow for the construction of a new rental tower on the West side of the site, including:

  • a 23-storey rental tower
  • 175 new rental units
  • 10 studios, 111 one-bedrooms, 114 two-bedrooms, 20 three-bedrooms (combined)
  • a total combined density of 6.29 FSR
  • purchase of 85,156 SF of density at $115 per SF

The site is currently zoned Central Lonsdale Mixed Use ‘C-1B’, which allows for a density of 2.60 FSR. The site is designated Mixed Use Level 4B land use in the Official Community Plan (OCR), which allows for an FSR of up to 3.0 with the potential for a density bonus of an additional 1.0 FSR.

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1441 St. Georges_3 1441 St. Georges_1 The architect for the project is MCM Partnership Architects.

The property sold in September 2016 for $37,500,000, or $310,000 per existing unit.