252-Unit Project Planned for Port Moody

Marcon has submitted an OCP amendment and rezoning application to the City of Port Moody three separate parcels of land located along St. George Street in the Moody Centre area. The lots in question are 22 single family lots located between 3010-3042, 3009-3029, and 3037-3113 St. George Street, and combine for a total land area of 191,462 SF. Dallas Creek bisects the townhouse portion of the site.

Details of the project include:

  • 252 total units;
  • 179 units within two six-storey buildings on Parcel 1 on the north side of St. George Street; (104 one-beds, 55 two-beds and 20 three-beds)
  • 73 townhouses respectively on Parcels 2 and 3 on the south side of St. George Street in a total of 11 buildings; (50 three-beds and 23 four-bed units);
  • an overall density of 1.42 FAR;
  • 402 underground parking spaces;
  • significant enhancements to Dallas Creek watershed, including daylighting; re-establishment of water flows; channel widening; in-stream habitat creation; removal of buildings and structures within the Streamside Protection and Enhancement Area (SPEA); and creation and restoration of the riparian habitat;
  • the dedication to the City of the SPEA and neighbouring park/open space totalling 36,166 SF;
  • the provision of six affordable housing units for Kinsight.

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An OCP amendment is required to increase the maximum permitted height of the properties on the north side of St. George Street from three storeys to six storeys; re-designate portions of the property as Parks and Open Space; and allow for flexibility in relation to SPEA setbacks from Dallas Creek in line with other OCP policies.

The architect for the project is SHIFT Architecture.

75-Unit Project Planned for Burquitlam

Marcon has submitted a rezoning and development application to the City of Coquitlam for a new 6-storey residential building located 603-607 Regan Avenue, near the intersection of Clarke Road and Como Lake Road in the Burquitlam area.

The plan for the 28,000 SF site is to rezone from the existing RT-1 zoning to RM-3. The site is located within the Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) which was adopted by Council on June 26, 2017. The site is designated Medium Density Apartment Residential in the BLNP.

Details of the proposed project include:

  • 75 units
  • 38 one-bedrooms, 29 two-bedrooms & 8 three-bedrooms
  • a total density of 2.30 FAR
  • 103 underground parking spaces on two levels
  • $176,335 CAC

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The architect for the project is Rositch Hemphill

33-Unit Project Proposed for Marpole

Marcon has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 19,671 SF, RM-9 zoned three-lot assembly on West 63rd Avenue, just East of Cambie Street. The plans for this site is a new 4-storey condo building, including:

    • 33 units
    • 7-one bedrooms, 22 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedrooms
    • a total density of 2.0 FSR
    • 2 levels of underground parking accessed from the lane.

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The architect for the project is Rositch Hemphill.

The full development application can be viewed here: http://development.vancouver.ca/pc460w63rd/index.htm

Market Spotlight: White Rock Developments

The City of White Rock is going through a period of considerable new residential development after a prolonged period of inactivity following the downturn of 2008-2009. At that time, two of White Rock’s tallest towers were being completed – Bosa’s Miramar Village, after which the market for concrete condos in White Rock languished for 3 or 4 years.

More recently, the success of projects such as Cressey’s Beverley project signals strength for new concrete product in White Rock. Beverley is a 13-storey, 89 unit project sold out earlier this year and is now under construction on the Western Edge of White Rock’s town centre area. Newer concrete product is now selling in the $650 – $750 per SF range.

Here is an overview of some more recent projects seeking planning and zoning approval:

1484 Martin Street

This 2.5 acre site was sold by our team in 2015 to Landmark Premiere Properties for $22,000,000. Landmark filed a development application in early 2016 for a new multi-tower project that is now at the Advisory Design Panel.

Details of the project include:

  • three residential towers with retail and office space
  • tower heights of 25, 25 & 24-storeys
  • a total buildable area of 614,043 SF
  • 334 residential units
  • a total density of 5.74 FSR

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1454 Oxford Street

This 2.7 acre site in the Everall neighbourhood was originally envisioned for development back in 2014.The project is by Elegant Development Inc. Elegant acquired the site in January 2016 for $14,050,000.

Development details include:

  • two residential towers (241 and 21 storeys)
  • 121 residential units
  • total density of 3.00 FAR
  • building heights of 269 feet and 233 feet
  • $3,600,000 community amenity contribution
  • a 1+ acre portion of the site dedicated as parkland
  • 414 underground parking spaces



14809-14815 Thrift Avenue & 1434 Oxford Street

This is a 0.5 acre site located at the corner of Thirft Avenue and Everall Street, just next to the project listed above. It is currently an assembly of three single family lots. The plan for the site includes:

  • a 13-storey residential tower
  • 17 units
  • large two and three bedroom units rangin from 2,178 SF to 3,734 SF
  • total density of 2.83 FAR
  • 44 underground parking spaces


14825-14835 Thrift Avenue

This site is a two lot assembly adjacent to the site above and is located on the North side of Thrift Avenue between Oxford and Everall Streets. The site is also 0.5 acres in size. The developer is Forge Properties. Plans include:

  • a 12-storey residential building
  • 33 condo units
  • total density of 3.46 FAR
  • 87 underground parking spaces
  • a community amenity contribution of $350,000


14022-14034 North Bluff Road & 1590 Nichol Road

This is a 0.66 acre site owned by Texor Homes at the southeast corner of North Bluff Road and Nichol Road.

This site has seen several development applications since 2012 including proposal for a 3-storey mixed use building, followed by proposal for a 15-storey building, an 8-storey building and even townhouse use.

The most recent plans include:

  • a 5-storey building with a small commercial component
  • 51 residential units
  • total density of 2.18 FAR
  • 107 underground parking spaces


1350 Johnston Road

This proposal comes from Solterra Development for a 35,563 SF site on Johnston Road in the Town Centre area of White Rock.This proposal requires an OCP amendment, rezoning and a development permit.

Plans include:

  • a 20-storey tower with a 3-storey commercial podium
  • 138 residential units
  • 9,528 SF of commercial space
  • 300 parking stalls


1516-1556 Finlay Street & 15601-15621 Russel Avenue

This proposal is for a site owned by Oviedo Developments that is an assembly of lots at the corner of Finlay Street and Russell Avenue, also in the town centre area. The proposal will require an OCP amendment and includes:

  • a 13-storey tower
  • 126 residential units
  • 9,262 SF of retail space and 36,546 SF of office space
  • a total density of 3.77 FAR
  • 337 underground parking spaces


1310 Johnston Road

This is an interesting proposal for a 16,345 SF site at the Northeast corner of Johnston Road and Roper Avenue in the Town Centre area. The proposal requires an OCP amendment and rezoning. The proposal includes:

  • a 15-storey tower
  • 36 residential units
  • 5,998 SF of commercial space
  • a total density of 5.50 FAR
  • 90 underground parking stalls


15241 Thrift Avenue

Marcon is behind this proposal for a site at the corner of George Street and Thrift Avenue next to the Saltaire development. The site area is 0.61 acres. Details of the proposed project include:

  • a 14-storey tower
  • 88 residential units
  • a total density of 5.40 FAR
  • 160 underground parking spaces

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1554-1564 Johnston Road & 1563-1565 George Street

PARC Retirement Living has filed a development application for this 0.9 acre site in the Town Centre Area. The plan is for an independent living project that includes the following details:

  • a 23-storey tower
  • 204 units
  • a total density of 5.39 FSR
  • 100 parking spaces

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Two Tower Project Slated for Burquitlam Area

Marcon and Kevington Building Corp. have jointly filed an application to consolidate and rezone a group of lots located at 559, 567, 571, 577 and 581 Clarke Road from CS-l Service Commercial and CS-2 Limited Commercial to C-7 Transit Village Commercial to allow a new highrise condo and rental residential development. The combined site is 76,922 SF in size.

The proposal is being made under the policies in the Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plan and envisions development of transit-oriented and supportive residential density in close proximity to the Burquitlam Evergreen Line Station, which is across the street.

The development proposal includes:

  • a 49-storey condo tower with 364 units
  • a 15-storey rental tower with 101 units
  • commercial retail units fronting Clarke Road
  • total combined density of 5.43 FSR
  • underground parking accessed from the lane
  • 620 total parking spaces
  • a $576,914 CAC + $6.9 Million in contributions to public amenities

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The site will be resubdivided into two fee simple parcels; one for the market tower and the other for the rental building. The application also involves transferring the density from 559 Clarke Road to the market tower portion of the project. Formerly the location of the Burquitlam Animal Hospital, Marcon has acquired this site to help facilitate a full two-way intersection at Clarke Road and the narrow street that runs behind the development. This will increase the extent of full two-way traffic through the narrow street This street will be fully constructed and complete when the adjoining parcel at 565 Clarke Road redevelops.

The architect for the project is GBL Architects.

Two Tower Project Planned for Davie Street in West End

Marcon has filed a development application for permission to develop a 34,552 SF site they own at Davie and Broughton Street in the West End of Downtown Vancouver. The site was rezoned to RM-5D in 2014 as part of the new West End Community Plan, part of which envisions greater density in the Davie Street area in this sub-area ‘B’ of the Lower Davie Corridor.

The site comprises an assembly of two sites currently improved with lowrise rental apartment buildings totaling 68 units.

The proposal for the 1345 Davie Street site includes:

  • two 18 and 19-storey residential buildings, over a 3 and 4 storey podium.
  • 153 market residential and 68 social housing units;
  • a total density of 6.55 FSR
  • Building heights of approximately 175 ft and 157 ft.
  • Gross floor area of 232,323 SF (23% social housing)
  • 4 levels of underground parking  with 257 spaces, accessed from rear lane.


The application package describes the rationale for the project:

“The project supports the goal of densification by redeveloping a large, under-utilized site and adding 221 social & market housing units, replacing 68 rental units.

As an area of transition between the shopping districts and the residential neighbourhoods of the West End, Lower Davie has been identified as an area suitable for densification. The permitted increases in FSR for purpose-built social housing are intended to rejuvenate housing stock and help deepen affordability. The base of the building contains 68 units of social housing, amenities, and market housing, with four levels of parking, service, and amenity spaces below. The large expanses of the podium roof are populated with common outdoor spaces, landscaping and private patios. Two residential towers, rise 14 and 15 storeys above the podium and contain 153 market units. Private gardens are located on the rooftops of both towers. Balconies alternate with trellises at the corners to lighten and enliven the facade while maintaining privacy.”

Under the site’s existing RM-5D zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

Marcon acquired the site in December 2015 for $35,000,000, or $195 per buildable SF (based on the market residential density).

Intracorp’s project “The Jervis”, approved in 2015 sits adjacent to the site and was developed under the same zoning at 6.61 FSR. The Jervis began selling 58 units in late 2015 was quite quickly sold out by mid-2016.

The architect for the project is Henriquez Partners.

17-Unit Townhouse Project Planned for Granville & 57th

Formwerks Architectural, on behalf of Marcon, has applied to redevelop a 3-lot land assembly on Granville Street for townhouse use. The 20,141 SF site is zoned RM-8N, one of the new zones in the Marpole Community Plan. The project, located between West 57th and West 58th Avenue, includes the following:

  • two 2-storey and two 3-storey courtyard townhouse buildings
  • a total of 17 units
  • all 3-bedrooms ranging between 1,272 SF and 1,571 SF
  • a total density of 1.12 FSR
  • one level of underground parking containing 34 spaces

The application describes the massing of the project: “Courtyard townhomes are proposed with a 24’ courtyard. Massing is further stepped back at upper levels to allow more natural light into the courtyard. The proposed development also features underground parking with access off the rear lane. We are proposing a two storey with a partial third storey expression along Granville Street, and the third storey is more set back to suit a single-family expression.”

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