Oxford Planning New Office Building on West Georgia Site

401wgeorgiastvanfjan12Oxford 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.

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The architect for the project is B + H Architects Inc.

Larco Seeks Approval for 2nd Phase of Arbutus Village Project

Larco has submitted their development application to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop the second phase of the redeveloped Arbutus Village Shopping Centre property – a project plan originally conceived almost ten years ago.

The overall rezoning for the site was approved back in July 2011, with the first phase “Block A” having been approved in late 2015 and now under development to include 215 units and a new Safeway store. Each phase requires a separate development permit.

The plan for “Block B” calls for development of the Southeast corner of the 7-acre site, currently surface parking, with a 7-storey apartment building with retail at grade, including the following:

  • 170 rental apartment units
  • 37 studios, 24 one-bedrooms, 74 two-bedrooms & 35 three-bedrooms
  • 29,400 SF of retail space (including relocated BMO and BC Liquor Store)
  • two levels of underground parking accessed off of Yew Street

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The final phase of the project involves demolition and redevelopment of the existing shopping centre, with completion of the entire project targeted for 2022.

The architect for the project is Dialog.

New Retail Building Planned for West 4th

A development application has been filed by Yenik Realty for the site at 2350 West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, comprising a total of 150 ft. of frontage currently improved with older single-storey retail buildings. The plan calls for a new retail building on this C-2B zoned site, including a relocated Shopper’s Drug Mart, which is currently located further down this block.

Details of the development proposal include:

  • a two-storey Shopper’s Drug Mart;
  • three additional retail stores on the ground floor;
  • a total density of 1.24 FSR,
  • approximately 19,563 SF of retail space
  • an overall building height of approximately 37.67 feet; and
  • 69 underground parking spaces on two levels

2350 West 4th Ave_2 2350 West 4th Ave_1 2350 West 4th AveThe architect for the project is Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc.

4-Storey Building Proposed for Kingsway

A development application has been filed with the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 5,829 SF site at the corner of Kingsway and Welwyn St. in East Vancouver. The site is currently improved with an older single-storey retail building. The proposed project includes:

    • a 4-storey, mixed-use development with 11 dwelling units and commercial units at grade;
    • total density of 2.48 FSR
    • one level of underground parking with 12 stalls.

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Under the site’s existing C-2  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 Anyone Architecture. The development application can be viewed here: http://development.vancouver.ca/pc1690kingsway/index.htm

Pacific Centre Expansion to Include 31,600 SF of New Space

Cadillac Fairview has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to replace the existing rotunda at Pacific Centre with a new three-storey retail building consisting of:

    • 31,603 sq. ft. of new retail space; and
    • a peak height of 63 ft.

Under the site’s existing CD-1 (455) zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Director of Planning.

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The application describes the design rationale:

“Cadillac Fairview has embarked on multi-phase refresh and updating of the Pacific Centre Mall complex, creating a world class high-end retail centre in the heart of Vancouver. With the introduction of Holt Renfrew a number of years ago and its current expansion, the recently retrofitted Sears building into a new Nordstrom’s and now the reimagining of the Rotunda pavilion at Georgia and Howe. In keeping with the recent developments throughout the Pacific Centre complex, the new Georgia street retail pavilion comprises a similar family of strong timeless design moves. The new Pacific Centre, Georgia street pavilion will feature a strong and expressive roof line, a clear reading of the buildings massing elements and a restrained palate of high quality materials.
The building form consists of glazed retail frontages along Georgia and Howe Streets, Six retail ‘Lanterns’ at the second floor along Georgia Street connect the upper retail to the street and an outdoor restaurant deck at the third floor with a large cantilevered timber canopy overlooking Georgia street and a redeveloped VAG north plaza. The very visible roof-scape will use the strong geometric grid of raised planters and skylights which reflect the geometry of the building façades.
The presence of the six retail ‘Lanterns’ is intended to make more legible, to the surrounding urban environment, the social and transactional nature of the new pavilion’s intended use. Key to this design is the use of high quality cladding materials, dark stone, timber soffits, glass retail fronts and vertical screening.”
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Perkins + Will Architects Canada are the architect for the project.