Rental Building Planned for East Broadway

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for an underutilized 58′ x 122′ C-2C zoned site at 550 East Broadway, on the south side of the street between Kingsway and Fraser. The plan is to develop the site with a 4-storey mixed-use residential/commercial building containing:

    • 25 market rental apartment units on the second to fourth floors;
    • 5 one-bedrooms and 20 studio units;
    • 2 CRU units for retail and restaurant uses on the ground floor;
    • One CRU unit below grade on P1;
    • a total density of 3.00 FSR;
    • an overall building height of approximately 47.2 feet; and
    • 43 underground parking spaces on 3 levels, accessed from the lane.

550 East Broadway_2550 East Broadway_1 550 East Broadway

Under the site’s existing C-2C 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: “Floorplates are simply laid out, with a central corridor giving access to long, linear units which open to each frontage. Floor levels 2 & 3 are similar, each containing 9 units in a very similar arrangement. The fourth level has more variation in unit type, containing 3 one bedroom units and 4 studio units, plus an amenity room. The elevator and east exit stair also serve to provide access to the rooftop, which is generously outfitted with outdoor terraces, urban agriculture facilities, outdoor cooking & dining facilities, outdoor play area, and a green roof area (not accessible).”

The site was acquired in May 2016 for $3,880,000, or $183 per buildable SF.

The architect for the project is Gair Williamson Architects.

55-Unit Rental Building Planned for Rupert Street Site

A rezoning application has been submitted for a new rental apartment building for a site at the Southwest corner of Rupert Street and East 22nd Avenue; just down and across the street from a Rental 100 project, currently in final stages of rezoning approval. The site is currently improved with an older single-storey retail building.

The plan for the site at 3281-3295 East 22nd Avenue is to rezone from the existing C-1 commercial zoning to CD zoning to allow a 6-storey mixed-use project.

The application includes the following:

    • 55 market rental units;
    • 14 studios, 16 one-bedrooms, 18 two-bedrooms & 7 three-bedrooms;
    • 6,888 SF of ground floor retail space;
    • A total density of 3.03 FSR;
    • A building height of 72 ft.; and
    • 43 underground parking spaces.

3281 E 22nd3281 E 22nd_23281 E 22nd_3The application is being considered under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.

The architect for the project is Cornerstone Architecture.

First Major Rezoning Proposed Under Grandview-Woodland Plan

The City of Vancouver has received the first major rezoning application for a site in the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

The proposal is for a 29,112 SF site owned by Intracorp at the corner of East 11th Avenue and Victoria Drive, currently occupied by older lowrise residential buildings, including a heritage house. The plan calls for rezoning from RM-4 to permit the development of a 10-storey residential building with a 6-storey residential podium.

The proposal includes:

    • 149 units (76 rental & 73 strata);
    • A total density of 3.58 FSR;
    • Relocation and designation of a Vancouver Heritage Register Category “B” heritage house (on-site);
    • A height of approximately 103.4 ft.; and
    • 108 underground parking spaces.

1837 E 11_2 1837 E 111837 E 11_1This application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan which dictates that 50% of the gross floor area can be condos if 50% of the gross floor area is rental housing.

The architect for the project is Perkins + Will.

Next Phase of Port Royal Project Proceeding

The next phase of Aragon Properties‘ Port Royal project is proceeding to final City of New Westminster Council consideration for development permit approval. The site at 300 Salter Street in the Queensborough area is part of the larger Port Royal development (Phase 6C) that was rezoned a few years ago.

The proposal for the site is for a 4-storey rental apartment building that includes:

  • 87 rental units
  • 28 one-bedrooms, 41 two-bedrooms, 18 three-bedrooms
  • 136 parking spaces
  • a 1,460 SF amenity space
  • a total density of 1.49 FSR

300 Salter300 Salter_1300 Salter_3The architect for the project is Ramsay Worden.

Refurbishment of Gabriola Mansion Includes 20 Rental Units

A rezoning application has been submitted for the Gabriola Mansion property at 1523 Davie Street in Vancouver’s West End. The 26,000 SF property, principally occupied by one of the West End’s most notorious heritage buildings, was sold last year for $6.72 Million.

The application includes the preservation and restoration of the Gabriola Mansion building through conversion to rental apartments.

Further details include:

  • the conversion of the mansion into 16 market rental units;
  • 4 new infill 3-storey rental townhouses to be developed in the northeast corner of the property;
  • 4 three-bedrooms, 5 two-bedrooms, 7 one-bedrooms and 4 studios
  • an increase in FSR from 0.35 to 0.89; and
  • no increase in height from the existing CD-1 (248).

1523 Davie_3 1523 Davie_2 1523 Davie_1 1523 DavieThe architect for the project is Ankenman Marchand.

35-Unit Apartment Building Planned for Central Lonsdale

Belaire Apartments Ltd., the owners of an existing 3-storey lowrise apartment building in North Vancouver, are planning a replacement of the building with a new, larger rental apartment building.

The subject site is located in the Central Lonsdale neighbourhood at the south west corner of Chesterfield Avenue and 16th Street. The site currently contains a 13-unit rental apartment building. The 10,400 SF site is located in an area of mainly three storey apartment buildings, with most of them built in the late 1960’s to mid – 1970’s, and are a mix of rental and strata dwellings.

The proposal is for a new 5-storey rental apartment building that includes:

  • 34 apartment units
  • 18 one-bedrooms, 13 two-bedrooms and 3 three-bedrooms
  • a total density of 2.50 FSR
  • 17 underground parking stalls
  • 51 bicycle stalls

1549 Chesterfield1549 Chesterfield_1 1549 Chesterfield_2 1549 Chesterfield_3The OCP land use designation of the site is Residential Level 5, which allows for a medium density multi-family up to a maximum density of 1.6 FSR, with the potential of a 1.0 FSR bonus density to be granted at Council’s discretion. The applicant is requesting a bonus be granted to 2.50 FSR with all the proposed units being rental and secured through a rental Housing Agreement.

The architect for the project is Gateway Architecture.

26-Unit Rental Building Proposed for Marpole

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a two-lot assembly in Marpole at the corner of West 62nd Avenue and Columbia Street.

The plan for the RM-9 zoned, 9,681 SF site includes a 4-storey building with:

  • 26 rental apartment units
  • a total density of 1.91 FSR
  • 19 underground parking spaces on one level of underground

308 West 62nd Ave_1 308 West 62nd AveUnder the site’s existing RM-9 zoning, the application is “conditional”. The site falls just a few feet short of the required 90 ft. minimum site frontage and so the proponent has appealed to the Board of Variance. There is no CAC payable in this area of the Marpole Community Plan if the project is 100% rental. If the 90 ft. minimum site frontage is enforced, the project would be limited to 1.50 FSR.

The site was assembled between 2015 and 2016 for a total of $5,568,000, or $302 per buildable SF based on the proposed development.

The architect for the project is Stuart Howard Architects.