30-Storey Tower Proposed for West End Corner Site

A partnership between Strand Development and Intracorp has submitted a rezoning application for a 17,292 SF site at 1068-1080 Burnaby Street and 1318 Thurlow Street. The site is currently zoned RM-5A but has been redesignated within the West End Community Plan for higher density. The rezoning designation requires that 25% of the gross floor area is social housing. The site is currently improved with two older lowrise apartment buildings and a 12-unit strata building.

Our team sold this site just a few months ago.

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The proposal is for a 30-storey residential tower that includes:

  • 82 market residential units;
  • 39 social housing units;
  • 3 studios, 21 one-bedrooms, 71 two-bedrooms, 24 three-beds and 2 four-beds;
  • a total density of 8.94 FSR;
  • a building height of 290 ft.; and
  • four levels of underground parking with 176 vehicle parking stalls and 160 bicycle parking spaces.

1318 Thurlow_2 1318 Thurlow_3 The building height and overall density (including social housing) was required to be reduced in order to accommodate an obscure urban design guideline that restricts any shadows from being cast onto the North Davie Street sidewalk at 4pm on the equinox dates.1318 Thurlow_4

The application is being considered under the West End Community Plan. The application describes the design rationale of the market housing component:

“The market housing component of the tower has been planned with large , spacious floor plans that provide generous and functional living spaces. All family oriented homes are anchored at one of the four corners of the tower by a large outdoor covered terrace; this outdoor space becomes the focal point of the living spaces within and maximizes access to natural light, outdoor living opportunities , and cross -ventilated air. Homes of this nature will fill the needs of families, urban professionals and downsizers equally well, and will help to foster an integrated community of unique, liveable homes.”

The architect for the project is NSDA Architects.

32-Storey Tower Planned for West End Site

A partnership between Strand Development and Intracorp has submitted an application to rezone a site located at 1055 Harwood Street, between Thurlow and Burrard in the West End area of Downtown Vancouver.

The proposal is for a 32-storey residential building with:

  • 82 market residential units;
  • 68 two-bedrooms, 8 three-bedrooms and 6 four-bedrooms;
  • 44 social housing units;
  • a density of 10.35 FSR;
  • four levels of underground parking with 156 vehicle parking stalls;
  • 158 bicycle parking spaces; and
  • a building height of 300 ft.

1055 Harwood_51055 Harwood_4 1055 Harwood_2 1055 Harwood_3The RM-5A zoned site was redesignated under the West End Community Plan, adopted in 2014. Currently occupied by a lowrise coop, the site was acquired in August 2016 for $40.5 Million.

The application describes the design rationale:

“The overall form for the proposed building is one that is familiar to the West End. The tower, as proposed, is a 32-storey tower interlocked with a very small 6,300 square foot, seven storey (60’) base, thereafter tapering into a slender 5,500 square foot floorplate for the remainder of the building’s tower element.
 
The building has been designed as a “tower in the park” with the use of concrete and brick to create an articulated base transitioning into a slender tower with a simple concrete frame featuring expansive windows, spandrel glass and spacious balconies that are predominately inset into the building’s facade.”
 
The architect for the project is NSDA Architects.

Infill Apartment Building Planned for Arbutus Corridor

Strand Development has submitted a rezoning application for a 10,881 SF site on West 12th Avenue, next to the Arbutus greenway. The site is currently improved with an older commercial building occupied by Blenheim Import Auto Service. 

The plan for the site calls to rezone from the existing C-7 commercial zoning to permit the development of a 6-storey residential building. The proposal includes:

    • 48 rental apartment units;
    • 3 studios, 20 one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms and 10 three-bedrooms
    • A total density of 3.47 FSR
    • A building height of 63.75 ft.; and
    • 20 underground parking spaces.

2075 West 12th2075 West 12th_2 2075 West 12th_1 The application is being made under the Rental 100 policy.

The architect for this project is Yamamoto Architecture.