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.
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.
Porte Communities and Reliance Properties have applied to rezone a 48,072 SF site in the False Creek Flats area for a new office building.
The plan for the site at 339 East 1st Avenue, adjacent the Red Truck Brewery, is to rezone from the current I-3 zoning to allow development of a 6-storey office building. The proposal includes:
- general office space on floors 2-6;
- ground floor retail;
- a total floor area of 144,216 SF;
- a total density of 3.0 FSR;
- a building height of 100 ft; and
- two levels of underground parking accessed from E 1st Avenue, with 275 vehicle parking spaces, 46 bicycle parking stalls and six loading spaces.
The I3 zoning schedule permits the density and built form being proposed, but restricts uses, so the rezoning is required to allow general office use.
The rezoning application describes the design rationale: “On the roof tops are amenity spaces to provide the building occupants with an easily accessible green space. This is in addition to the landscaped areas fronting Brewery Creek. The building facade colour is meant to invoke both typical rail engine colour schemes as well as colours of autumn. Distributions in glazing on the facade are meant to create a horizontal movement along the building exterior as well as solar heat gain control due to its 50:50 ratio. On the South and West elevations of the building, there are also diagonal solar shading devices which serve not only for sun control but as distinctive design elements.”
The architect for the project is IBI Group.
The full rezoning application can be viewed here: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/339e1st/index.htm
Onni has submitted their formal rezoning application for a site at 3249-3355 North Road on the Burnaby side of North Road in the Lougheed Town Centre area plan. The site sits immediately north of Shape’s City of Lougheed project.
The 151,116 SF site is comprised of a 1980’s era strip mall with office space, as well as a vacant lot. The plan for redevelopment of the property includes:
- A 32-storey north condo tower & 36-storey south condo tower
- A 14-storey office building with 160,000 SF of office space;
- A 2-storey commercial podium fronting North Road;
- 17,000 SF of retail space;
- 540 total units;
- 110 studios, 171 one-bedrooms, 196 two-bedrooms & 63 three-bedrooms;
- A total density of 4.88 FAR;
- A pedestrian plaza at the corner of North Road and Cameron Street
- 1,100 parking space on 4 levels of underground parking.
Pacific Crown Management Company Ltd. has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the Southwest corner of Broadway and Cambie with a new office and retail building.
Most people will know the site as the Original Joe’s building with the Starbucks on the ground floor.
The proposal for the new development is for a 7-storey office building that includes:
- retail, restaurant and financial institution uses on the ground and second floors
- office use on the third to seventh floors;
- 61,381 SF of total floor area;
- a total density of 3.30 FSR;
- a total building height of 93 ft; and
- two levels of underground parking accessed from the lane.
Under the site’s existing C3-A zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.
The architect for the project is W.T. Leung Architects Inc.
Oxford Properties has changed the design plan for their 1133 Melville Street office building project, originally proposed for rezoning back in July 2015. The previous design was not supported at the Urban Design Panel in 2015, and has since been reworked with a smaller, but taller building.
The new design by James Cheng, features a much more interesting building massing. The revision includes stacked box design with the third box twisted from the street grid. There is a slight increase in height from 33 to 34-storeys. Details include:
- a building height of 550 ft.
- a total floor area of 555,047 SF
- a total density of 18.20 FSR (down from 22.46 FSR)
- four floorplate sizes, multiple decks including a rooftop deck
- floor to ceiling windows
- six levels of underground parking (231 vehicle spaces and 221 bicycle spaces)
The previous rezoning application can be viewed here: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1133melville/index.htm
Westbank‘s rezoning application for the Budget Car Rental site at 400 West Georgia Street has been submitted to the City. The site is located at the corner of West Georgia and Homer Street, across from the Central Library Branch. The letter of intent submitted by Westbank, suggests that the building will be built “on spec”.
The plan for the 20,992 SF (175′ x 120′) site calls for rezoning from Downtown (DD) District to Comprehensive Development (CD-1) District to allow for a 24-storey office building. The proposal includes:
- 350,000 SF of office space;
- 5,775 SF of retail space;
- a building height of 301 ft.;
- a total density 17.51 FSR;
- steel construction;
- six levels of underground parking; and
- 125 bicycle parking spaces.
Design features will include triple-paned curtain wall, openable windows, large spans of column free space, glass floors. It will also incorporate a 4-storey high lobby.
The application describes the design rationale:
“The building is conceived as a cluster of white cubes that are bound by lush gardens. Pristine boxes project outward from the crevices filled with thick vegetation. The greenery is as expressive as the geometry is abstract. Together they merge into a staggered silhouette that is neither a tower nor warehouse, but a 3-dimensional campus.”
“The proposed building will be utilizing a concrete core with structural steel beams and steel decking c/w concrete topping. The steel construction seemed better suited to the architectural design and provides the desirable aesthetic of seeing the buildings structure visible through the transparent exterior glazing. The “truss” elements are cantilevering from 6 large column supports extending up through the entire building resulting in large open / column free interior spaces allowing flexible internal office planning configurations.”
This rezoning application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder.
The architect for the project is Merrick Architecture.
Oxford Properties has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to build a brand new infill office building on an underutilized portion of a 59,000 SF lot and existing 22-storey office building property they own at 401 West Georgia (built in 1987) , which runs along Homer Street all the way to Dunsmuir Street on the North, where the new building will be located.
The plan is to build a new 9-storey office building on the North part of the property facing Dunsmuir Street. Details include:
- retail and office use on the ground floor and office use on the 2nd-9th floors;
- 4,654 SF of new retail space
- 147,000 SF of new office space
- Office floorplates of 14,000 – 19,000 SF
- 6,600 SF of amenity space, 2,300 SF conference centre & 4,300 SF fitness facility
- a building height of 139.4 feet
- two levels of underground parking accessed from the lane; and
- retention of the existing commercial building on the south portion of the site.
The project is being proposed under the existing DD zoning and so only requires a development permit as opposed to rezoning.
The architect for the project is B + H Architects Inc.