245-Unit Project Proposed for Downtown New Westminster

Domus Homes has submitted a rezoning application to the City of New Westminster for a 26,104 SF site at 813-823 Carnarvon in Downtown New Westminster, directly across the street from the 3-tower “Plaza 88” development. The plan is for a mixed-use project that includes a market condo tower, a non-market rental lowrise, and commercial uses. Details include:

  • a 29-storey tower
  • a 6-storey lowrise
  • 195 market condos
  • 119 one-bedrooms, 54 two-bedroms and 22 three-bedrooms
  • 50 non-market rental units for Performing Arts Lodges (PAL)
  • a total density of 7.75 FSR
  • total building height of 290 feet

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Infill Tower Planned for North Van Apartment Property

A preliminary rezoning application has been submitted by Chard Development in order to add much needed rental apartment density to an existing apartment property in the Central Lonsdale area of North Vancouver.

1441 St. George’s Avenue is a rental apartment building at St. Georges and East 15th Street. The existing building is 14-storeys with a 2-storey commercial podium. The building contains 80 rental residential units and 52 commercial units.

The rezoning application is proposing to rezone the property to allow for the construction of a new rental tower on the West side of the site, including:

  • a 23-storey rental tower
  • 175 new rental units
  • 10 studios, 111 one-bedrooms, 114 two-bedrooms, 20 three-bedrooms (combined)
  • a total combined density of 6.29 FSR
  • purchase of 85,156 SF of density at $115 per SF

The site is currently zoned Central Lonsdale Mixed Use ‘C-1B’, which allows for a density of 2.60 FSR. The site is designated Mixed Use Level 4B land use in the Official Community Plan (OCR), which allows for an FSR of up to 3.0 with the potential for a density bonus of an additional 1.0 FSR.

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The property sold in September 2016 for $37,500,000, or $310,000 per existing unit.

Onni Submits Plan for Final Phase of Suter Brook

Onni Group has submitted a plan to the City of Port Moody’s Community Planning Advisory Committee in order to move forward with their final phase of the City’s largest master-planned community: Suter Brook Village. The project is located on the eastern edge of Port Moody.

The first phases, completed just over 10 years ago, comprise a total of 959 units, as well as over 300,000 SF of retail and office space.

Parcel D, the final phase of the project, is located just north of the recently opened Inlet Centre Skytrain station. The plan for Parcel D includes:

  • a 26-storey tower and two 4-storey lowrise buildings
  • 290 units
  • average unit size of 900 SF
  • outdoor pool, BBQ area and children’s play area
  • a total amenity package of $1.5 Million

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46-Storey Tower Proposed for West Georgia ‘Flatiron’ Site

Anticipated for well over a year now, Brilliant Circle Group has submitted their detailed rezoning application for one of Downtown Vancouver’s most prominent sites. 1445 & 1455 West Georgia, currently occupied by two older office buildings, is located where Georgia and Pender Streets merge, forming a triangle or flatiron shape. The site is considered a gateway to Downtown and is permitted extra height under the General Policy for Higher Buildings.

BCG had filed a preliminary inquiry in 2015 for the 18,158 SF site that was acquired via two separate acquisitions in 2013 & 2014 . The more detailed submission seeks to allow for a 46-storey residential development. The proposal includes:

  • a building height of 514 ft.;
  • a total density of 14.2 FSR;
  • 128 market residential units;
  • 76 two-bedrooms, 41 three-bedrooms, 9 four-bedrooms and 2 five-bedroom units
  • 74 of 128 units have balconies
  • seven levels of underground parking.

The building design features some interesting floor layouts and structural features intended to reduce clutter on the ground floor while providing seismic reinforcement.

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Tower details include:

  • The tower includes 40 residential floors elevated above the ground plane approximately 80 ft
  • The residential floors are supported on an 8 ft thick transfer slab
  • Four amenity floors are suspended from the transfer slab
  • Private dining level
  • Children’s play area and residential lounge
  • Fitness centre
  • Upper fitness area and sub mechanical and electrical rooms, required to service the high building height
  • Access level from Georgia St. for residents
  • Main lobby level and arrival porte cochere at the Pender St. level
  • Upper underground level accommodates bicycle storage, BC Hydro project vista, main mechanical and electricalservice rooms, and visitor parking
  • Seven residential parking levels with storage lockers and car wash facilities

The architect for the project is James Cheng Architects.

Rezoning Plan for Lougheed Village Site Includes Two New Rental Towers

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Burnaby for Lougheed Village, a 7.4 acre rental apartment property that is currently improved with two 25-storey concrete high-rise apartment buildings and two 9-storey mid-rise apartment buildings. The site has a total of 528 current rental apartment units.

lougheed villageThe property was acquired in December 2015 by Starlight Properties, based in Toronto, for $160 Million. Located within the Lougheed Town Centre Plan area, the property’s value was partially based on the potential to add density, now the subject of a current rezoning application. The rezoning calls to use the RM4s and C1 zones as the basis for a redevelopment that includes four new residential buildings and reconfiguration of some of the existing buildings.

The site fronts Lougheed Highway, but has an address on Erickson Drive.

Details include:

  • a new 36-storey rental apartment tower (south tower)
  • a new 22-storey rental apartment tower (north tower)
  • a new 8-storey rental apartment midrise (“middle lodge”)
  • a new 3-storey rental townhouse building
  • demolition of the 2nd storey of existing commercial building
  • conversion of existing larger penthouse units into 43 new smaller units
  • creation of new amenity spaces
  • 645 total new rental units
  • 1,173 rental units in total
  • total density of 3.6 FAR (up from existing 1.88 FAR)

lougheed-village_1The site sits just one block West of Shape’s large scale mixed-use development “The City of Lougheed” currently in initial stages of development.

If supported at Council, the application will move forward to a more detailed package that would be presented at a public hearing early next year.

28-Storey Office Tower Proposed for Small Downtown Site

A rezoning application has been filed for a currently vacant site at 619 West Hastings Street for a new office tower. The 52 ft x 120 ft site is sandwiched between two office buildings, with the Royal Bank Building (675 West Hastings) located immediately to the West at Granville and Hastings. The proposal also includes the upgrade and heritage designation of the Royal Bank Building, also controlled by the same owner as the vacant lot.

The proposal for the vacant site is for a new 28-storey office building that includes:

  • 150,837 SF of office space
  • Typical floorplates of 5,400-5,800 SF
  • Overall height of 330 ft.
  • Density of 25.5 FSR
  • Five levels of underground parking with 67 vehicle parking spaces
  • Seismic upgrade and heritage designation of the exterior façade of the RBC Building at 675 West Hastings Street
  • Structural concept including sharing of lateral force resisting system between the two buildings
  • A light-well created between the two buildings to provide access to light and air for office occupants.

Current Site Condition




Typical tower floorplan

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The application is being considered under the Rezoning Policy for the Central Business District (CBD) and CBD Shoulder, the Metro Core Jobs and Economy Land Use Plan and the Downtown (Except Downtown South) Design Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership. MCM is the preeminent local firm for new office projects in the Downtown core.

Two Tower Project Slated for Burquitlam Area

Marcon and Kevington Building Corp. have jointly filed an application to consolidate and rezone a group of lots located at 559, 567, 571, 577 and 581 Clarke Road from CS-l Service Commercial and CS-2 Limited Commercial to C-7 Transit Village Commercial to allow a new highrise condo and rental residential development. The combined site is 76,922 SF in size.

The proposal is being made under the policies in the Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plan and envisions development of transit-oriented and supportive residential density in close proximity to the Burquitlam Evergreen Line Station, which is across the street.

The development proposal includes:

  • a 49-storey condo tower with 364 units
  • a 15-storey rental tower with 101 units
  • commercial retail units fronting Clarke Road
  • total combined density of 5.43 FSR
  • underground parking accessed from the lane
  • 620 total parking spaces
  • a $576,914 CAC + $6.9 Million in contributions to public amenities

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The site will be resubdivided into two fee simple parcels; one for the market tower and the other for the rental building. The application also involves transferring the density from 559 Clarke Road to the market tower portion of the project. Formerly the location of the Burquitlam Animal Hospital, Marcon has acquired this site to help facilitate a full two-way intersection at Clarke Road and the narrow street that runs behind the development. This will increase the extent of full two-way traffic through the narrow street This street will be fully constructed and complete when the adjoining parcel at 565 Clarke Road redevelops.

The architect for the project is GBL Architects.