97-room Hotel Planned for Richmond

0951705 BC Ltd. has applied to the City of Richmond for permission to rezone 8871, 8891, 8911, 8931, 8951, 8971 and 8960 Douglas Street from the “Light Industrial (IL )” zone and the “Auto-Oriented Commercial (CA)” zone to a new site-specific zone in order to permit a new 6-storey hotel development, entitled “Hyatt Place” in the City Centre’s Bridgeport Village.

The site includes a non-contiguous portion on the south side of Douglas Street. The 6-storey hotel building will be on the north side of Douglas Street and a single-storey
commercial building will be on the south side. The hotel site is 25,920 SF and is currently vacant.

Key components of the proposal include:

  • 97 hotel rooms;
  • 1,733 of commercial space;
  • a building height of 74 ft.;
  • A total density of 2.0 FAR;
  • 57 total parking stalls across both sites;
  • LEED Silver equivalent building design and hotel building designed and constructed to connect to a future district energy utility (DEU) system.

The architect for the project is GBL Architects.


Master Plan for Landsdowne Mall Site to Include 24 Towers

The owner of Lansdowne Centre, Vanprop Investments, has submitted their formal OCP amendment application to the City of Richmond for the purpose of approving a Master Land Use Plan for the 50 acre site, located in the heart of Richmond’s City Centre at the centre of the Lansdowne Village. It is immediately adjacent to the Lansdowne Canada Line Station, and is bound by No.3 Road, Alderbridge Way, Kwantlen Street and Lansdowne Road. Initial plans to redevelop the mall were announced two years ago.

While the density for the site is already established in the City Centre Area Plan (“CCAP”), the Master Plan is required to organize the eventual phasing, massing and heights of the future mixed-use development, as well as the location of the 10 acre park planned for the site. City of Richmond council endorsement means that the proposal can now move toward a community consultation phase. 

The shopping centre on the site was built in 1977 and exemplifies the auto-oriented enclosed shopping centre design popular in the 60’s and 70’s. The arrival of the Canada Line in 2010 with a station right next door and the subsequent CCAP made this site a prime target for future redevelopment, particularly since the surface parking can accommodate immediate development without requiring demolition of the existing mall.

The site has a mix of zoning designations, including Urban Core T6 (up to 4.0 FAR) on the westerly 1/3 of the site, and Urban Centre T5 (up to 2.0 FAR) on the easterly 2/3 of the site. The CCAP also identified the site for a 10 acre linear park running east/west along the southern portion of the site fronting Lansdowne Road.

Here is a summary of some of the concepts identified in the proposed master plan which has already achieved support for moving through the next steps in the process:

  • An overall density of 2.77 FAR (approx. 6,000,000 SF)
  • 22 residential towers and 2 office towers
  • 73% of the density within 400 metres of Lansdowne Station
  • A 53,500 SF community amenity building at corner of No.3 Road & Lansdowne
  • A new 10 acre park in the centre of the site (revised shape from CCAP)
  • Retail/entertainment space with residential and office space above fronting Hazelbridge Way (high street)
  • A new civic plaza near the Canada Line Station
  • Building heights up to 47 metres
  • New north/south extension of Hazelbridge Way and Cooney Road between Alderbridge Way and Lansdowne Road
  • New east/west road to connect No. 3 Road and Kwantlen Street
  • Target of 2035 for entire build out

Next Steps

The proposed OCP amendment process will require further consultation and refinement to the details in the master plan before final council approval and subsequent rezoning applications for individual phases. Consultation would take place in the spring 2018 with approval likely later next year. Below is the City’s flowchart outlining the process:

Proposed Master Land Use Plan

The architect for the master plan is Dialog.

Two Tower Residential/Hotel Project Planned for Richmond

GBL Architects has applied to the City of Richmond for permission to rezone a 1.20 acre site at 8091 Capstan Way, from “Auto-Oriented Commercial (CA)” to “Residential/Limited Commercial (RCL5)”, to permit the construction of a two-tower, high-density, mixed use development in the City Centre’s Capstan Village area.

The site sits directly across the street to the South of the Wall Centre Richmond complex.

The proposed development includes:

  • 136 residential units
  • 59 one-bedrooms, 77 two & three bedrooms
  • 75 hotel rooms
  • 9,688 SF of ground floor retail
  • a total density of 3.65 FAR
  • a cash contribution of $1,141,402 and public dedication
  • 193 underground parking spaces

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Mixed-Use Project Planned for No.3 Road & Anderson Site

1004732 BC Ltd. has applied to the City of Richmond to rezone a 52,541 SF site at the Northeast corner of No. 3 Road and Anderson Road for a new mixed-use project. The site is located in Richmond’s City Centre Brighouse Village area plan.
The proposed rezoning includes a new residential tower and new office tower with a commercial podium including:
  • 75 condo units in a 10-storey building fronting Anderson Rd
  • 12,371 SF of retail space on the ground level
  • 105,420 SF of office space in a 12-storey building fronting No.3 Road
  • a total density of 3.00 FAR
  • 237 underground parking spaces
6840 No.3 Road_1 6840 No. 3 RoadThe architect for the project is GBL Architects.

Ackroyd Plaza Sells in $102MM Deal

In one of Vancouver’s largest retail deals of the year, Ackroyd Plaza, a 6.8 acre strip retail centre at Ackroyd Road and No. 3 Road in Richmond, has sold to a local investor.

Major tenants include PriceSmart Foods, White Spot, Boston Pizza and a BC Liquor Store.

The 106,000 SF plaza is currently zoned Downtown Commercial District allowing a maximum floor area ratio of 3.0. Richmond’s City Centre Area Plan designates the site as Urban Core (T6) and Village Centre which allows a maximum density of 4.0 FAR. The existing improvements are only built to a 0.36 floor area ratio, thus representing approximately 1,000,000 sq ft of residual density, therefore the purchase price was based more on the land value then the existing income. The cap rate was well below 3%.


Richmond Retail/Office Building Sells in $24.25MM Deal

8010 Saba Road in Richmond has sold for $24,250,000. The property is improved with a 33,456 SF retail and office building whose main tenants include HSBC and National Bank Financial. The purchase price equates to a 4.4% cap rate, or $722 per SF. The building was sold by bid process in June with no asking price.

Here is a video overview of the property by the listing agent, Cushman Wakefield:

8010 Saba Road, Richmond BC from Cushman & Wakefield | Vancouver on Vimeo.

2-Acre Richmond Development Site Sells

A two acre property in Richmond’s City Centre area has sold for $24,550,000. The site, at 7100 Elmbridge Way, is currently occupied by industrial buildings, but is designated within the City of Richmond’s City Centre Area Plan for Urban Core T6 in the Landsdowne Village sub-area. This designation allows for redevelopment for mixed-use including residential up to 2.0 FAR.

The buyer was Xpec Development. Xpec has other projects on the go in Vancouver including sites on Fraser Street and Oak Street.

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