Mixed-Use Development Planned for Commercial & Pender

Cressey Development Group has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 24,775 SF site at the Northwest corner of Commercial Drive and East Pender Street in East Vancouver. The site is currently zoned MC-1, which allows a total combined mixed-use density up to 2.50 FSR and 4-storeys.

The site is actually located within the boundaries of the Grandview Woodland Community Plan which allows up to 6-storeys, but Cressey has elected to develop under the existing zoning, rather than rezoning. The site to the immediate North can be built up to 10-storeys per the Grandview Plan.

The development proposal for the site at 485 Commercial Drive is for a 4-storey mixed-use residential/commercial building containing:

    • 8,206 SF of retail space in two CRU units fronting Commercial Drive;
    • 3,226 SF of office space on the 2nd floor;
    • 10 rental units (4 studios, 4 one-bedrooms and 2 two-bedrooms)
    • 31 condo units (10 studios and 21 three-bedroom townhouse units)
    • a total density of 2.23 FSR;
    • an overall building height varying from 46.42 feet – 49.67 feet; and
    • one level of underground parking providing 61 parking spaces, having vehicular access from the lane.
    • 11,493 SF of gardens and decks.


The architect, Gair Williamson describes the application: “The proposed mixed-use development comprises residential, commercial and office units in forms of four discrete building blocks gathered around an internal courtyard. Bounded by two streets, a laneway and a part wall to the west, the development proposes distinct functions and facade treatments on each elevation. Back of house on the laneway serves parking and utilities; the Commercial Drive frontage is dedicated to commercial units, and the East Pender Street elevation accommodates two main lobby entrances for the residential and commercial components, as well as individual entries to the residential units at grade.

A key feature of the proposed development is the courtyard on the 2nd level. Not only does it host entrances to the residential units, but accomodates a safe, semi-private outdoor amenity for families, allowing functions such as communal gathering and playing.”

The application requires a variance to the maximum allowable height by just a few feet.

The full application can be viewed here (for a limited time only): http://development.vancouver.ca/pc485commerical/index.htm

4-Storey Commercial/Industrial Building Planned for Mount Pleasant Site

A development application has been filed by Man 6 Holdings Inc., a project company made up of the partners of EKISTICS Architecture. The site is 6,039 SF, zoned I-1 and is located at the corner of West 6th Avenue and Manitoba. The proposed development concept is a new four-storey, mixed industrial and commercial building consisting of ground level Manufacturing use and Office uses on the 2nd to 4th floor. Details include:

  • 12,078 SF of office space
  • 6,040 SF of light industrial space
  • a total density of 3.0 FSR;
  • 64 ft. building height;
  • two levels of underground parking with 19 spaces.

Ekistics describes the design rationale: “EKISTICS is currently located at 1925 Main Street. We are excited to be designing and building our own studio space within this neighbourhood. We have been actively searching for a new company home for the past four years. We managed to stretch our resources to purchase this land in order to keep our office close to where people live and in a desirable and exciting neighbourhood. We feel passionate about our city, and being part of making it a great place to live and work. Our goal is to redevelop the site to include one floor of light industrial use, and three floors of office use. EKISTICS will occupy 2 of the 3 office floor for its studio. Our intention is to lease the main and second floors to local businesses which will compliment our design work.”











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 architect for the project is Ekistics Architecture Inc.

The site was acquired in Mach 2017 for $5,000,000.

Master Plan for Landsdowne Mall Site to Include 24 Towers

The owner of Lansdowne Centre, Vanprop Investments, has submitted their formal OCP amendment application to the City of Richmond for the purpose of approving a Master Land Use Plan for the 50 acre site, located in the heart of Richmond’s City Centre at the centre of the Lansdowne Village. It is immediately adjacent to the Lansdowne Canada Line Station, and is bound by No.3 Road, Alderbridge Way, Kwantlen Street and Lansdowne Road. Initial plans to redevelop the mall were announced two years ago.

While the density for the site is already established in the City Centre Area Plan (“CCAP”), the Master Plan is required to organize the eventual phasing, massing and heights of the future mixed-use development, as well as the location of the 10 acre park planned for the site. City of Richmond council endorsement means that the proposal can now move toward a community consultation phase. 

The shopping centre on the site was built in 1977 and exemplifies the auto-oriented enclosed shopping centre design popular in the 60’s and 70’s. The arrival of the Canada Line in 2010 with a station right next door and the subsequent CCAP made this site a prime target for future redevelopment, particularly since the surface parking can accommodate immediate development without requiring demolition of the existing mall.

The site has a mix of zoning designations, including Urban Core T6 (up to 4.0 FAR) on the westerly 1/3 of the site, and Urban Centre T5 (up to 2.0 FAR) on the easterly 2/3 of the site. The CCAP also identified the site for a 10 acre linear park running east/west along the southern portion of the site fronting Lansdowne Road.

Here is a summary of some of the concepts identified in the proposed master plan which has already achieved support for moving through the next steps in the process:

  • An overall density of 2.77 FAR (approx. 6,000,000 SF)
  • 22 residential towers and 2 office towers
  • 73% of the density within 400 metres of Lansdowne Station
  • A 53,500 SF community amenity building at corner of No.3 Road & Lansdowne
  • A new 10 acre park in the centre of the site (revised shape from CCAP)
  • Retail/entertainment space with residential and office space above fronting Hazelbridge Way (high street)
  • A new civic plaza near the Canada Line Station
  • Building heights up to 47 metres
  • New north/south extension of Hazelbridge Way and Cooney Road between Alderbridge Way and Lansdowne Road
  • New east/west road to connect No. 3 Road and Kwantlen Street
  • Target of 2035 for entire build out

Next Steps

The proposed OCP amendment process will require further consultation and refinement to the details in the master plan before final council approval and subsequent rezoning applications for individual phases. Consultation would take place in the spring 2018 with approval likely later next year. Below is the City’s flowchart outlining the process:

Proposed Master Land Use Plan

The architect for the master plan is Dialog.

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

West Broadway Office Building Sells in $39MM Deal

1985 West Broadway has sold to The Property Management Group for $39,000,000. The 5-storey ‘A’ Class building, known to most as the Wawanesa Building at Broadway and Maple, was built in 1985 and totals 50,981 SF. The sale price equates to $765 per SF, or a 3.30% cap rate. Wawanesa was the seller in the transaction.

The property had been listed for sale by Avison Young. Below is a marketing video depicting the property:


The C-3A zoned property is located on a 17,280 SF site just a block East of what is anticipated to be a future transit station at Arbutus.

9-Storey Office Building Slated for Yukon and West 6th Ave

Cressey Developments has submitted their application to rezone the 24,149 SF site they own at 425 West 6th Avenue, at the Northwest corner of Yukon and 6th, from C-3A to CD-1 to permit the development of a 9-storey office building.

The proposal includes:

    • 155,147 SF of office space;
    • 16,504 SF of ground floor retail;
    • A total density of 7.11 FSR;
    • A building height of 131.35 ft.;
    • 298 underground parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces on 5 levels; and
    • 2 Class A and 5 Class B loading spaces.

425 W 6th425 W 6th_1 425 W 6th_3 425 W 16th_2This application is being considered under the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan.

Cressey acquired the site in 2013 for $14,500,000, or $85 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

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.