452-Unit Project Planned for Metrotown Site

Thind Properties has applied to the City of Burnaby to rezone a 57,809 SF site at 6525-6585 Sussex Avenue for a new mixed use development including market residential, non-market rental and retail and office uses. The original rezoning application was made over a year ago, but the details have now been finalized and it is now ready to move forward to public hearing.

As detailed in the Burnaby Now, the project is a partnership between Thind, New Vista Housing Society and BC Housing. 

The existing site is located just a few steps East of Metrotown Skytrain Station on Beresford and is comprised of three lots improved with three older walkup apartment buildings totaling 64 units.

The plan calls for rezoning per the Metrotown Downtown Plan to RM5s, RM4 and C2 zoning districts. Details include:

  • a 48-storey tower including 10-storeys of office and 38-storeys of residential on the North portion of the site
  • 327 market residential units
  • 160 one-bedrooms units, 125 two-bedroom units and 41 three-bedroom units;
  • 4,700 SF of retail uses at grade;
  • 69,515 SF of office space;
  • a 14-storey tower with 125 non-market rental units on the South portion
  • A combined total density of 8.0 FAR;
  • Building heights of 520 ft. and 155 ft;
  • 544 underground parking stalls

5-Storey Building Planned for Mount Pleasant

A development application has been submitted for a site at 379 East Broadway in East Vancouver, across from Kingsgate Mall. The plan is to develop the 8,677 SF, C-3A zoned site with a 5-storey mixed use building. The proposal includes the following

  • 29 residential units (one and two bedrooms)
  • 3,851 SF of retail on the ground floor;
  • Total density of 3.27 FSR;
  • Total floor area of 28,830 SF;
  • 38 underground parking spaces accessed from the lane.

The architect, Ankenman Marchand, explains the design rationale: “The site is located in a neighbourhood with a large variety of older buildings in need of upgrade. These blocks need sensitive redevelopment that is going to re-establish a vital, pedestrian focused shopping area for the local community. We are following the City of Vancouver, Broadway East, revitalization strategy described in the Mount Pleasant Community Plan guidelines.”

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New Mixed-Use Building Planned for Railtown

A new light industrial/office building is being planned for a mid-block site on Railway Street, in an area East of Main Street along the CN Rail tracks. The plan for the 132′ x 53′ (6,584 SF), M-2 zoned site is for a 6-storey building including:

  • retail on the ground floor, manufacturing on floors 2, 4 & 5, wholesaling on the third floor and office space on the 6th floor
  • a total density of 5.0 FSR
  • a building height of 100 ft.
  • 3 levels of underground parking
  • no building setbacks

Considered Design Inc., the landscape architect for the project, has some renderings on their website, including the one below.

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Mixed-use Building Planned for East Van

An application has been submitted for a 7,686 SF site  on East Pender Street near Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. The plan calls for a 5-storey  mixed-use building with two levels of office space and three levels of residential space containing 15 residential units and 14 underground parking stalls. The site is zoned MC-1, which conditionally allows a mix of uses.

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The site, currently improved with a single storey industrial building, was acquired earlier this year for $1,830,000 by Epix Developments.

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Mixed Use Proposal for Lower Lonsdale Moves to Public Hearing

An application by Staburn Property Group for a site at 101-149 Lonsdale Avenue was moved forward at City of North Vancouver Council.

The rezoning application seeks to rezone the 101-149 Lonsdale Avenue lots from their existing LL-2 Lower Lonsdale zoning to a site-specific zone to permit a six-storey mixed-use building containing 69 residential units, 10,825 SF of commercial office space, and 12,589 SF of retail space at grade. 101-149 Lonsdale

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The application further proposes dedicating the “Beasley Block” (also known as the “McDowell Block”), at the south end of the site, as a Municipal Heritage Site. The project includes five non-market residential units proposed to be owned and operated by the Vancouver Resource Society. The development includes a mix of unit sizes and types, with three junior 1-bedroom units, 36 1-bedroom units, 27 2-bedroom units and three 3-bedroom units. The net density is 3.5 FAR.

Transit is Impetus for Vancouver’s Largest Upcoming Developments

Here is a quick look at Vancouver’s largest residential and mixed-use/residential projects that are either under construction or at the latter stages of planning and approvals. What is notable is that a large majority of the projects are transit-oreinted; if not built directly near a Skytrain station, then within a short walking distance of one. Planning efforts to densify around transit have been formalized in the Official Community Plans of cities such as Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond.

Now on to the list. Limited to developments of 400 units or greater, the list represents 34 projects totaling 39,647 units. Almost all of the projects are multi-phase buildouts of 2 to 10+ years. Telus Garden, Marine Gateway and 1400 Howe are the only projects being built in one go.

Large Projects Inventory

There are 10-15 other major projects in the works that aren’t yet at the stage of approvals or construction.

Mixed-use Building Proposed for Pemberton and 16th in North Van

The owners of 1551 Pemberton Avenue, located just south of the McDonalds parking lot, are proposing a 4 storey mixed use building, consisting of 5,642 SF of commercial floor space on the main floor and 30 residential units on the upper 3 floors. The residential units are a blend of 1 and 2bedroom units ranging in size from 530 square feet to 918 square feet. There will be 59 underground parking spaces.

1551 Pemberton AvenueSource: District of North Van