237-Unit Project Planned for Uptown Area of New Westminster

Orr Development has submitted their rezoning and development permit applications for a 34,801 SF site at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Westminster. The site is currently improved with older two-storey commercial buildings. 

The proposal for 616-640 Sixth Street is for a 30-storey mixed use development that includes:

  • 169 market residential strata units (on levels 8-30)
  • 68 secured market rental housing units (on levels 2-7)
  • 14,439 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total density of 6.03 FSR;
  • a total building height of 305 ft.
  • 299 underground parking spaces;
  • common outdoor amenity area located on the forth level on top of the podium roof.

616 Sixth616 Sixth_1616 Sixth_2The site is designated as (UC) Uptown Commercial in the current Official Community Plan. The Rezoning application entails changing the zoning of the property from Community Commercial Districts (High Rise) (C-3) to a new Comprehensive Development District (CD). The Development Permit application is to facilitate the review of the form and character of the proposal in accordance with Official Community Plan Development Permit Area Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Yamamoto Architecture.

42-Unit Rental Building Planned for East Hastings Corner Site

Mosaic Homes has submitted an application to rezone a site at East Hastings and Lakewood in the Grandview Woodland area. The 11,098 SF site at 2109 East Hastings (known to most by it’s long term tenant – Dairy Queen) is currently zoned C-2C1, and the proposed rezoning is for a development of a 6-storey mixed-use building with commercial uses at grade.

The proposal includes:

  • 42 secured market rental residential units;
  • 12 studios, 14 one-bedrooms, 14 two-bedrooms and 2 three-bedrooms;
  • 4,700 SF of ground-floor retail;
  • A total floor area of 35,512 SF;
  • A total density of 3.20 FSR;
  • A height of approximately 73 ft.; and
  • 45 underground parking spaces.

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This application is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

Mosaic acquired the site in 2016 for $5,450,000, or $153 per buildable SF.

The architect for the project is Yamamoto Architecture.

15 Rental Townhouse Units Proposed for Kitsilano Site

A rezoning application has been submitted for a former church site in Kitsilano, at 2715 West 12th Avenue (along the Kitsilano diversion curve).

The proposal calls to rezone the 8,570 SF site from RS-7 (One-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 to permit a 3.5-storey townhouse development under Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy. The policy allows for rental housing on arterial streets up to 3.5 storeys. While the policy has been tested in other areas of the City, this is one of the first such proposal on the Westside.

The proposal includes:

    • 15 secured market rental residential units;
    • A floor area of 14,056 SF;
    • A total density of 1.50 FSR;
    • A height of approximately 37.5 ft.;
    • 2 car share vehicle parking spaces; and
    • 19 Class A bicycle parking spaces.

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The site was listed for sale in 2016 for $3,389,000, and sold for $3,250,000, or $231 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

The architect for the project is MCMP Architects.

Mixed-Use Building Planned for Chinatown Site

A development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 50′ x 122′ site in Chinatown with a new 8-storey mixed use building. The site is located mid-block on the North side of Keefer Street between Main Street and Gore Avenue. The existing building on site is a single-storey retail building that is vacant.

Details of the proposed development include:

  • 29 residential units;
  • 23 one-bedrooms and 6 two-bedrooms
  • 2,838 SF of ground-floor retail space
  • 12,022 SF of office space on the 2nd and 3rd floors;
  • a total density of 5.35 FSR;
  • 20 parking stalls on two underground levels accessed via car elevator.

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Under the site’s existing HA-1A zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

The site sold in June 2016 for $6,350,000 or $194 per buildable SF based on the application.

The architect for the project is Mallen Gowing Berzins Architecture.

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.

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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.