22-Storey Tower Planned for Davie Street Site

Vivagrand Developments has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 25,931 SF site at 1485 Davie Street, at the Northeast corner of Davie and Nicola in the West End. The site is currently improved with an older 3-storey walkup apartment building.

The plan for the site is a new 22-storey building with a three storey building to the rear. The proposal includes the following:

  • 107 condo units on the 4th to 22nd floors;
  • 51 social housing units on the first three floors;
  • A total density of 5.81 FSR;
  • A building height of approximately 190 ft.;
  • Three levels of underground parking accessed from the lane with a total 198 parking spaces provided.

The architect, WT Leung., describes the design rationale: “The proposed development of 1485 Davie St. then is for market strata residential units as well as market rental residential units with the rental units replacing the existing 51 rental units now on site at a one to one replacement ratio. Taking advantage of the lay of the land sloping down from east to west, the market units will all be located in a 22 story tower at the lower west half of the site and the rental units located both at the base of the tower in it’s lowest 2nd and 3rd residential floors and also on those same floors in an attached 4 story podium which extends from the tower up the hill to the east end of the site. The street wall of the base and podium of the building frames Davie St. and Nicola St. and includes a landscaped setback to provide some privacy and separation between suites and the sidewalk public realm. Around the back at the Lane, beyond the driveway entry to the underground Parkade and the garbage/loading area which are tucked under the tower portion of the podium, a 3 story block of stacked rental townhouses populates the Lane buffered with a landscaped setback. A fourth story Amenity Room sits atop the Lane townhouse block, but is set back from the Lane façade to allow for better sunlight penetration to the Lane.”

Under the site’s existing RM-5D zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

VivaGrand acquired the site in 2016 for $36,500,000, or $225 per buildable SF based on the gross floor area in the application.

A community open house has been scheduled from 5:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at The Listel Hoel, Impressionist Gallery, 1300 Robson Street with the applicant team and City staff available to answer any questions.

The full development application can be viewed here: http://development.vancouver.ca/1485davie/index.htm

Two Tower Project Planned for Davie Street in West End

Marcon has filed a development application for permission to develop a 34,552 SF site they own at Davie and Broughton Street in the West End of Downtown Vancouver. The site was rezoned to RM-5D in 2014 as part of the new West End Community Plan, part of which envisions greater density in the Davie Street area in this sub-area ‘B’ of the Lower Davie Corridor.

The site comprises an assembly of two sites currently improved with lowrise rental apartment buildings totaling 68 units.

The proposal for the 1345 Davie Street site includes:

  • two 18 and 19-storey residential buildings, over a 3 and 4 storey podium.
  • 153 market residential and 68 social housing units;
  • a total density of 6.55 FSR
  • Building heights of approximately 175 ft and 157 ft.
  • Gross floor area of 232,323 SF (23% social housing)
  • 4 levels of underground parking  with 257 spaces, accessed from rear lane.


The application package describes the rationale for the project:

“The project supports the goal of densification by redeveloping a large, under-utilized site and adding 221 social & market housing units, replacing 68 rental units.

As an area of transition between the shopping districts and the residential neighbourhoods of the West End, Lower Davie has been identified as an area suitable for densification. The permitted increases in FSR for purpose-built social housing are intended to rejuvenate housing stock and help deepen affordability. The base of the building contains 68 units of social housing, amenities, and market housing, with four levels of parking, service, and amenity spaces below. The large expanses of the podium roof are populated with common outdoor spaces, landscaping and private patios. Two residential towers, rise 14 and 15 storeys above the podium and contain 153 market units. Private gardens are located on the rooftops of both towers. Balconies alternate with trellises at the corners to lighten and enliven the facade while maintaining privacy.”

Under the site’s existing RM-5D zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board.

Marcon acquired the site in December 2015 for $35,000,000, or $195 per buildable SF (based on the market residential density).

Intracorp’s project “The Jervis”, approved in 2015 sits adjacent to the site and was developed under the same zoning at 6.61 FSR. The Jervis began selling 58 units in late 2015 was quite quickly sold out by mid-2016.

The architect for the project is Henriquez Partners.

Proposed West End Tower a First Under New Plan

A development application has been submitted under a new zone created by the West End Community Plan (“WECP”) which was adopted one year ago. This new RM-5D zone permits a density of 7.0 FSR and allows market residential if social housing is provided. The proposed development by Intracorp is for a 17,303 SF site at the Northwest corner of Davie Street at Jervis St.

This is the first sizable development application to be submitted under the WECP, and does not require rezoning since this area of Davie Village was rezoned by policy amendment as part of the WECP.

The tower component as proposed is intended to be market housing, while the podium is mostly comprised of affordable, city owned non-market housing, with a small commercial retail shop on the corner.The plan for this site calls for:

  • A 19-storey tower
  • 62 market residential units and 28 social housing units
  • 1 retail unit at grade
  • 114 underground parking stalls
  • A height of 190 ft.
  • Density of 6.61 FSR (114,372 SF)

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