51-unit Rental Building Moves to Public Hearing

The owners of a site located at 3120-3184 Knight Street (at East 15th Ave) are seeking final approval at public hearing next week for a rezoning from RT-2 to CD-1 District to permit the development of a five-storey residential building with 51 market rental units.

Currently, three rental apartment buildings, built in the 1950s, exist on the site. The buildings are three storeys in height and contain a total of nine rental units. The location of the development, on an arterial street and within 500 metres of an identified local shopping area (Commercial Drive and East 16th Avenue), qualifies the site to be considered, under the policy, for a building of up to six storeys in height.

Existing site

Existing site

3120-3184 Knight St.

The application was made last year under the Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy (IRP), and in accordance with that policy, the application seeks increased height and density in return for all proposed housing units being secured as for-profit affordable rental housing for the longer of the life of the building and 60 years. The rezoning, if approved, would result in an increase of rental units on this site of over 400% — from the existing 9 units to 51 units.

7-Storey Mid-rise Pitched for Lower Lonsdale

The third of four mixed-use commercial/residential tower projects proposed for Lower Lonsdale is now coming up for scrutiny by council and the public.

Developer Polygon is looking to build a sevenstorey tower (five storeys of residential on two storeys of commercial) at 255 West First St. and 260 West Esplanade, currently home to Hollyburn Family Services and Family Services North Shore.

255 West 1st

If approved, the building will have 208 one, two, or three-bedroom condo units, at least 62 of which have adaptable designs, to accommodate seniors and people with mobility issues. Measured from First Street, the building would be 52.5 feet tall, according to a city staff report.

Previously, Polygon had pitched a 16-storey highrise for the site, but later abandoned those plans.

Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/7-storey-mid-rise-pitched-for-lower-lonsdale-1.944495

Two More Lowrise Projects Proposed for Hastings Heights Area

Two rezoning applications went before Burnaby City Council last night for 4-storey projects in the Hastings Heights area of Burnaby:

4295 Hastings Street

4295 Hastings St.

Developer: Citimark-Omicron

Site: Currently vacant and previously a gas-station. 14,994 SF. Zoned C-8 (Urban Village Commercial District) 3.0 FAR density.

Proposed Development: 4-storey mixed-use development with retail at grade and three and a half storeys of residential above. The development proposes to take advantage of the potential C-8 framework allowing an additional storey at the rear lane.

418 Gamma Avenue

418 Gamma Avenue

Developer: Epta Properties

Site: Currently vacant. 23,141 SF. Zoned CD from 2010 – the previous rezoning included office space which has proven difficult in the current market.

Proposed Development: 4-storey mixed-use development with retail at grade and 3 storeys of residential above. The rezoning anticipates a redesign based on RM-3 and C-2 to scrap the office component.

Vancouver Council Approves Oakridge Centre Rezoning

The hotly debated Oakridge Centre redevelopment rezoning was passed by city council Friday after three days of public hearings.

All Vision Vancouver councillors voted in favour of of the proposal. NPA councillors George Affleck and Elizabeth Ball and Green Party Coun. Adriane Carr voted against it.

The project will include 11 residential towers between 19 and 44-storeys in height and bring massive change to the landscape of one of Vancouver’s most central neighbourhoods.

Continued from public hearings on Monday and Tuesday, Friday’s session rounded out the bulk of the 138 speakers who appeared during the three days to voice their opinions to mayor and council. Although there was a mix of speakers in favour and opposed throughout the ongoing public hearings, a majority of speakers Friday afternoon mounted a last ditch defence against the project.

Resident Carey Murphy said the deviation from the 2007 policy for the area is too significant and said that what the proposal does to the owners of the Terraces residential complex at Oakridge Centre is “just shameful.”

Marine Gardens resident Charlene Gunn spoke on numerous issues related to the increase in density, such as the need for more schools and police and fire services.

“Oakridge and Marpole aren’t just pieces of land with investment potential, they are communities,” said Gunn.

Read more: http://www.vancourier.com/news/vancouver-council-approves-oakridge-centre-rezoning-1.899724

Low-rise Condo Project Eyed for Royal Oak and Imperial

A four-storey condo project is proposed for a long-vacant site at the southeast corner of Imperial Street and Royal Oak Avenue.

The site is made up 6808 and 6826 Royal Oak Ave and 5250 Imperial St. The proposal is for a mixed-use development with ground-floor commercial space and parking underground.

Rezoning for an earlier proposal was given third reading by council in 2008 but the owner has since revised the plan, making a new process necessary.

The current proposal is for commercial on both Imperial and Royal Oak with 45 apartment units on the three upper floors.

The units will comprise 15 one-bedrooms, 10 two-bedrooms, 17 two-bedrooms-plus-den units and three three-bedrooms-plus-den units.

Read more: http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/news/247098061.html

Six More Storeys for Lower Lonsdale

Another midrise, mixed use condo building is coming to Lower Lonsdale.

Developer Fairborne Properties received second and third readings to a bylaw Monday night that will allow them to build 65 one-and two-bedroom condos above 7,200 square feet of commercial frontage at 117 – 135 West First St.


At 75 feet, the six-storey, wood-framed building fits within maximum height allowed in the official community plan.

In exchange for a small increase in density, Fairbourn is offering to restore and put heritage designation on the historic B.C. Telephone Commercial Building at 117 West First, currently home to flower shop Bella Doni and include 1,430 square feet of community amenity space fronting Rogers Plaza. City staff estimate the community space to have a value of $645,000.

The application includes a request for 146 parking spots – 24 more than the minimum required by city’s zoning bylaw. Council members, mainly accustomed to being asked

by developers to reduce the total number of required spaces, struggled with the request. The reason for the extra spaces, according to the developer, is that the condos are likely going to be popular with “downsizers” moving from single-family homes and wanting to keep two vehicles.

Read more: http://www.nsnews.com/news/six-more-storeys-for-lower-lonsdale-1.859547