Vancouver City Staff Reject Proposal for Stong’s Site

City of Vancouver staff have rejected a rezoning application for a six-storey mixed-use building on the Stong’s Market site.

Brian Jackson, the city’s manager of planning and development, recommended the proponent pull the application in light of opposition based on Dunbar’s community vision, which prescribes a four-storey limit on buildings.

Stongs Dunbar

“I, of course, only recommend to council, so if [the applicant wishes] to pursue, they could still go to council with our negative recommendation and then it would be council that would formally turn them down, but I have recommended that they withdraw their application,” Jackson told the Courier Thursday morning.

Henriquez Partners Architects filed the rezoning application with the city on behalf of the landowner Harwood Group.

The site in question includes properties from 4508 to 4560 on Dunbar Street and 3581 West 30th Avenue — the current locations for Stong’s, McDermott’s Body Shop and two parking lots. The rezoning proposal provided space for the grocery store to move back in after the project was completed.

Read more:

50-unit Rental Project Proposed for West 41st and Cambie

Qualex-Landmark is proposing to rezone 458-476 West 41st Avenue from RS-1  District to CD-1 for a rental residential development including one 6-storey building and 2-storey townhouses at the rear of the site. The proposal consists of:

    • 50 secured market rental units
    • a proposed density of 2.55 FSR 37,152 SF

400 Block West 41st Ave_2 400 Block West 41st AveThis rezoning application is being considered under the Cambie Corridor Plan and the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy (Rental 100).

Qualex had purchased the site in 2010 for $2,500,000, or $67 per BSF based upon proposed density.

Revised Oakridge Centre Proposal Moves Closer to Public Hearing

A revised rezoning application has been presented for Westbank and Ivanhoe Cambridge’s plan to rezone and redevelop the 28-acre Oakridge Centre property. This is expected to be the last round of formal open houses for the rezoning before the proposal heads to the Urban Design Panel and then on to Public Hearing.

Proposed changes from 2012 version:

oakridge_1Oakridge Height Changes

Oakridge Height Changes


Morguard Proposing 25-Storey Office Building at 601 West Hastings

Morguard has applied to the City of Vancouver to amend the existing CD-1 for their property 601 West Hastings Street (also referred to as 333 Seymour Street) to retain the existing office tower, and build a 25-storey office building with:

  • A total floor area of 227,700 SF
  • 3,627 sq. ft. of ground level retail space
  • a public plaza
  • a density of 24.34 FSR
  • a proposed height of 357 ft
  • 102 parking spaces and 78 bicycle parking spaces in 5 levels of underground parking

601 West Hastings601 West Hastings_2

Several Projects Referred to Public Hearing

Several rezoning projects are headed to council next week in anticipation of public hearing:

  1. 33-49 East Hastings St.
  • Atira Housing Society is proposing to rezone for four lots from DEOD to CD to increase the permitted density from 5.00 to 8.28 FSR and building height from 98 feet to 127 feet to allow construction of a mixed-use building with commercial use at grade and in the mezzanine, and with 12 storeys of residential use above. It includes 102 units of social/supportive housing and 67 units of  market housing secured as rental for 15 years.

2. 1412-1480 Howe Street

  • Westbank Projects is proposing to rezone 1410 Howe St.several lots on Howe Street for a 52-storey (497 ft.) residential tower with 407 residential units and a 10-storey podium containing retail and 95 residential units (market rental). Lots on Granville and Pacific Street will include 6-storey buildings providing retail and office uses. The total density is 5.08 FSR.



3. 4412-4488 Cambie Street

  • 4412 cambieDava Developments Ltd. is rezoning 4412-4488 Cambie Street from RS-1 to CD-1 under the Cambie Corridor Plan. The proposal is for a 6-storey residential development containing a total of 102 residential units (19 townhouses and 83 apartments), with a density 2.60 FSR, and 113 parking spaces. The CAC is fixed at $55.00 per SF of net increase in density.

4. 2290 Main Street2290 Main St.

  • The proposed rezoning for 2290 Main Street from IC-2 to CD-1 anticipates a 9-storey mixed-use building with 89 residential units. The proposal includes a density of 4.92 FSR, and a total height of 99 feet. The proposed project is supportable under the Mt. Pleasant Community Plan. The CAC proposed is $35.40 per SF.

5. 1526-1560 Kingsway1526-1560 Kingsway

  • The owners of these lots are proposing to rezone from the existing C-2 zoning (2.5 FSR) to CD-1 to permit the development of a six-storey mixed-use building containing 77 units of market rental housing with commercial retail use at grade. The proposed density is 3.85 FSR. The application is consistent with Council’s Secured Market Rental Housing Policy (Rental 100).

Stretch of Burnaby’s Hastings Could Get Taller

Stretch of Burnaby’s Hastings could get taller – Burnaby NewsLeader.

A stretch of the north side of Hastings Street could get taller now that a four-storey mixed use development is being proposed for three lots west of Macdonald Avenue.

A public hearing will be held Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in Burnaby city hall council chambers for the application to rezone 3951, 3959 and 3975 Hastings St. which are currently home to older, one and two-storey commercial and mixed-use buildings, according to a city staff report.

The proposal, designed by Chris Dikeakos Architects [for Bosa], is for a project with commercial space on the ground and mezzanine levels with three stories of condominium apartments above. All parking would be underground with vehicle access from the rear lane.

To meet the requirements of the C8a Hastings urban village commercial district, the development would include a lighted pedestrian walkway within a statutory  right-of-way linking Hastings to the north.

And while the C8a zone restricts an individual user of a  ground-floor commercial space to a maximum building frontage of 66 feet, the report said city staff may support a future relaxation of the restriction for suitably-designed cafes, restaurants, food stores and retailers if needed.

Read more:

Yuanheng Proposing 65-unit Project at King Edward Station Site

Yuanheng Development has applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone 4099 Cambie Street from C-2 to CD-1 per the Cambie Corridor Plan. Colliers sold the site, which sits directly adjacent the King Edward Canada Line Station, in 2011.4099 Cambie

The proposal is for a mixed-use building with retail at grade and residential units on the upper floors, including:

      • a density of 3.52 FSR
      • a height of 8 storeys with a partial mezzanine contained in the ground floor;
      • a total 65 market condo units
      • a total of 79 vehicle parking spaces underground.

More information here.