Hootsuite Campus Development Application Moves Forward

Westbank and Hootsuite have submitted their formal development application for a 2.8 acre site in Mount Pleasant. The site is divided by a lane and fronts onto Ontario Street between East 4th and East 5th Avenue. 

The I-1 zoning for the site was amended by the City of Vancouver earlier this year to I-1A and I-1B, to allow for more flexible uses, density and building form; essentially to accommodate Hootsuite’s use in the Westbank proposal for the subject site.

The proposal for the two sites includes:

102 East 4th Avenue (the North site)

  • A 8-storey mixed-use building containing Industrial and Office uses 
  • An approximate height of 107 ft.; and
  • A total density of 5.0 FSR (148,918 SF); and,
  • 5 levels of underground parking providing a total of 394 parking spaces having vehicular access from the lane.

102 East 4th

110 East 5th Avenue (the South site)

  • A 9-storey mixed-use building containing Industrial and Office uses
  • An approximate height of 122 ft.; 
  • A total density of 6.0 FSR (142,579 SF); and
  • 5 levels of underground parking providing a total of 287 parking spaces having vehicular access from the lane

110 East 5th

A perspective view of the overall campus

A perspective view of the overall campus

Westbank acquired the site in 2015 for $40,475,000, or $139 per buildable SF based on the current development application.

The architect for the project is Henriquez Partners Architects.

 

Industrial/Office Building Planned for Yukon & 7th Site

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a new industrial/office building at 2250 Yukon Street, at the Northeast corner of Yukon and 7th in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver. The building will be a custom build office for Fast + Epp Engineers.

The plan calls for a 4-storey mixed-use commercial/industrial building containing:

    • Wholesale Class B on the ground floor and partial second floor;
    • General Office use on the second floor to fourth floors;
    • a total density of 3.00 FSR (15,958 SF)
    • an overall building height of approximately 60 feet; and
    • one level of underground parking providing 10 spaces and one at grade parking space, having vehicular access from the lane.

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Under the site’s existing I-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

The application describes the design rationale: “The building shell will be constructed making maximum use of sustainable prefabrication technology that Fast+Epp has been developing over the past 25 years. The floor and roof structure will consist of prefabricated hybrid timber-steel panels with fully integrated mechanical and electrical systems. The ceiling structure of the single level parkade will consist of precast hollow core panels. The firewall at the east side will consist of pre-cast concrete panels. We anticipate the entire building shell above the parking walls will be constructed within a 4-week period, thereby minimizing neighbourhood noise and minimal traffic disruption from concrete trucks.”

The site was acquired in December 2016 for $3,800,000 or $238 per buildable SF based on the application. It has been occupied by an auto-repair shop “Wilf’s Transmissions” since it was built in the mid-90’s.

The development planner for the project is Schmidt & Associates Development Planning Ltd

Redevelopment of Mount Pleasant’s I-1 Zone Continues with Latest Proposal

PC Urban  has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a site at the Northeast corner of West 5th and Alberta in Mount Pleasant for a new 4-storey commercial/light industrial building. The project includes

  • 23,590 SF of Wholesale uses on the first storey and mezzanine;
  • 47,325 SF of General Office uses on the second through fourth storeys; and
  • two levels of underground parking with 95 spaces
  • one Class A and two Class B loading spaces

275 West 5th Ave275 West 5th Ave_1Under the site’s existing I-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

This proposal continues a trend of mixed industrial and office buildings at higher densities in Mount Pleasant following zoning changes in 2014.

55,000 SF Office/Industrial Building Planned for Mount Pleasant

Champion Development Group Inc. has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 18,128 SF site at 151 West 5th Avenue, on the NOrth side of West 5th between Columbia and Manitoba Streets. The plan is for  a new 4-storey mixed use building consisting of:

    • Manufacturing uses on the ground floor and mezzanines;
    • General Office uses on the 2nd through 4th floors;
    • 95 parking spaces in an underground parkade; and
    • total density of 3.00 FSR (54,291 sq. ft.).

Under the site’s existing I-1 zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

The application describes the design concept:

“The design intent for the project is to create a high-quality, mixed-use development with offices, industrial uses, and collaboration spaces that will enhance the existing neighbourhood and its industrial zone. The overall form and character of the building is inspired from the industrial history of the area and is celebrated in a modernized building to service contemporary industries and office tenancies.


The building is designed with the ability to service small and large scale tenants and the spaces are planned for flexibility and various business types. Double height industrial space on the ground floor with mezzanine space will serve potential manufacturing, storage or production companies while the upper office floors will provide open spaces with access to the outdoors.”
151 West 5th 151 West 5th_1 151 West 5th_2 151 West 5th_3The architect for the project is DYS Architecture.

Wholesale/Office Buildings Planned for Former Terminal City Ironworks Site

A development application has been filed with the City of Vancouver for the former Terminal City Ironworks site, a 2.3 acre full city block in East Vancouver located at 1900 Pandora Street, with frontage on Franklin St., Victoria Dr. and Semlin Dr. The site, zoned I-2 industrial, was offered for sale in 2014 with Cushman Wakefield for $14.9M.

The history of the site, including its more recent use predominantly as a film shoot location, was reported by the Vancouver Sun earlier this year.

The current development proposal from Conwest Developments anticipates two new buildings including the following:

  • a 4-storey wholesale/office building accessed off of Pandora St.
  • a 3-storey wholesale building accessed of of Franklin St.
  • one level of underground parking
  • total building area of 202,262 SF
  • total density of 2.06 FSR

The use and density are conditional under the zoning and therefore requires approval of the Director of Planning.

The architect for the project is Taylor Kurtz.

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7-Storey Industrial Building Planned for East Vancouver

An interesting new industrial building is being planned by Port Capital Group for a unique site at 3399 Bridgeway Street, located adjacent to CP rail property, directly south of the Cascadia grain Terminal and west of the Iron Worker’s Memorial Bridge. The site is zoned I-2. The plan is for a 7-storey building with a basement, including:
  • wholesale space with ancillary office use on floors 1, 2, 6 & 7
  • mini-storage warehouse on levels 3, 4 & 5
  • one level of underground parking
  • building height of 100 ft
  • total floor area of 112,750 SF (3.0 FSR)

The architect notes that while the site is 37,500 SF in area, there are several factors which make it a challenging site to develop, and they are requesting a relaxation of the height limit to deal with these issues.

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3399 Bridgeway_3“The site is approximately 37,500 sq/ft in area; however , two Statutory Right of Ways (SRW) exist on title (one with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and another with Metro Vancouver,) which preclude any building on approximately 18,600 sq.ft of the lot. The SRW held by CPR is the more restrictive of the two and prevents its paving, its use as surface parking or any form of access. The two SRW’s represent more that 50% of the site that is unbuildable and approximately 25% of the lot that access is completely denied by CPR.”
The site was acquired in 2010 for $970,000 and then was more recently sold in 2014 via share transfer. If approved, perhaps a new trend for Vancouver’s increasingly land-starved industrial land base?

Mount Pleasant Commercial Site Sells After Strong Interest

Continuing the trend of strong demand for Mount Pleasant industrial properties with redevelopment potential, 34-54 West 7th Avenue has sold for $8,510,000, or $157 per buildable SF. The buyer was Chard Development.

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The existing building is an aging two-level industrial building originally a meat packing plant and now a food manufacturing facility.

The 18,117 SF site is zoned I-1. Traditionally, I-1 zoning was a mixed light-industrial office zone, but in 2013 the City of Vancouver amended the zone to allow 100% general office. This amendment has set off a two year long flurry of speculative sale and development activity, with a few office projects already in the works. With few opportunities to build smaller office buildings downtown, and with soaring land prices everywhere where residential or mixed-use is allowed, Mount Pleasant has been a target for many developers and users.

The building had been listed for sale by Casey Weeks, Matt Smith and James Starke of Colliers and received multiple offers.