21-storey Tower Proposed for Denman & Alberni Corner

Landa Global has submitted their development application to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop a 17,292 SF site at the Southwest corner of Denman and Alberni Street with a new 21-storey mixed-use building. 

The proposal for 1810 Alberni Street includes the following:

  • 60 residential units
  • 36 “high end” market residential units & 24 affordable market rental housing units;
  • 3,906 SF of ground level retail;
  • Building height of approximately 210 ft.;
  • A total density of 7.54 FSR;
  • 3 levels of underground parking with 109 parking spaces all accessed from the lane.

The architect for the project, Rafii Architects explains the design rationale: “The tower has been designed as an array of “boxes” oriented in different directions which interplay with each other and departs from the more common vertical box of concrete and glass. The project concept is based on a two-lobe floor plan which houses two condominiums per floor, joint only by the elevator core. The series of boxes affords views of the North Shore , Stanley Park and the Lions’ Gate Bridge, and the Downtown core. The careful placement of these “boxes” allows for planting which has been used at different levels adding a “green” feeling to the building.”

Under the site’s existing C5-A zoning, which was altered to allow such development under the West End Community Plan, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board. The affordable market rental is a requirement of the zoning.

Landa acquired the site through Colliers in 2016 for $55,000,000, or $422 per buildable SF based on the total density in the application.

The full development application can be viewed here: http://development.vancouver.ca/1810alberni/index.htm

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.

Fourth Tower at City of Lougheed to Include 237 Rental Units

Shape Properties has filed a rezoning application for their fourth and final tower of Phase 1 of The City of Lougheed, a massive 40-acre, 23-tower master planned site of the current/former Lougheed Mall. Phase 1 is the Southeast corner of the site, fronting North Road and Austin Road, and the first tower has sold out.

Overall City of Lougheed Site & Phase 1 Location

Tower 4 will be the shortest of the first four towers, and is located on the Northeast portion of the Phase 1 lands, which are now moving through site preparation. Details for this part of Phase 1 include:

  • a 30-storey tower
  • 237 rental apartment units
  • 23 studios, 104 one-bedrooms, 110 two-bedrooms
  • 2,777 SF of retail space at grade
  • 114 parking spaces

Interestingly, the developer plans to stratify the units, but keep them as rental with a covenant protecting them as rental for a minimum 5 years.

Phase 1 Detail

Market Update: City of Burnaby Rezoning Applications

Below is an update on the current rezoning applications currently heading to council for first reading.

6004-6018 Wilson Avenue

This 45,666 SF site in Metrotown is comprised of three properties at 6004, 6006 and 6018 Wilson Avenue, owned by Solterra Development. The site is currently comprised of three older residential buildings that are being proposed for rezoning under the Metrotown Downtown Plan for a new 36-storey highrise development with townhouses fronting Wilson Avenue. The proposed density is likely to be 5.0 FAR.

6438-6468 Mackay Avenue & 6443-6467 Silver Avenue

Intracorp is proposing a single highrise residential tower on this assembly of six lots totaling 32,438 SF. The site is designated within the Metrotown Downtown Plan for RM-4S. With a density transfer from adjacent lots at Maywood Avenue, the net proposed density is 7.1 FAR. This will be Intracorp’s eighth residential property in Burnaby.

 

4125 Hastings Street

The plan for this 8-lot, 51,8794 SF assembly of land in the Hastings Heights village area of North Burnaby is for redevelopment including a new 5-storey residential building with 3-storey ground oriented townhouses fronting Albert Street.

 

 

5977 Wilson Avenue

Another rezoning application in Metrotown for a highrise tower, this one is on Wilson Avenue, between Kingsway and Central Boulevard. The site is 54,015 SF and is comprised of two older apartment buildings totaling 63 units. The application is from Blue Sky Properties. The plan is for a 42-storey highrise tower with 3-storey townhouses fronting Wilson Avenue. The designation is RM-5S which permits a maximum density of 5.0 FAR.

6909-6949 Balmoral Street

This is a 4-lot land assembly in the Edmonds Town Centre Area being proposed for twenty-three 3-storey townhouses above one-level of underground parking based on an RM-3 designation. The proposed FAR would be in the range of 1.2-1.5.

 

 

4612-4650 Dawson Street

The plan for this 75,838 SF site in Brentwood is a highrise tower with townhouses fronting Dawson Street, retail uses and below ground parking. The rezoning will be based on RM4s in the Brentwood Town Centre Plan.

 

 

2152 & 2172 Douglas Road

This site, owned by Imani Development, is also located in the Brentwood Town Centre Development Plan and is designated RM5s, which allows a density up to 5.0 FAR. The 65,078 SF site is currently occupied by two older industrial buildings. The plan calls for a 482-foot residential tower with townhouses fronting Douglas Road.

 

8725 University Crescent

Here’s a site in the SFU Neighbourhood that is seeking approval for two new residential towers and 3-storey townhouses by Liberty Homes. This is in Phase 3 of the Univercity project. The proposal includes two terraced residential towers: one 14-storey tower and one 20-storey tower.

 


A full rundown of the reports going to council can be downloaded here: https://eagenda.burnaby.ca/sirepub/pubmtg.aspx?meetid=713&doctype=Agenda%20Packet%20–%20Compiled

452-Unit Project Planned for Metrotown Site

Thind Properties has applied to the City of Burnaby to rezone a 57,809 SF site at 6525-6585 Sussex Avenue for a new mixed use development including market residential, non-market rental and retail and office uses. The original rezoning application was made over a year ago, but the details have now been finalized and it is now ready to move forward to public hearing.

As detailed in the Burnaby Now, the project is a partnership between Thind, New Vista Housing Society and BC Housing. 

The existing site is located just a few steps East of Metrotown Skytrain Station on Beresford and is comprised of three lots improved with three older walkup apartment buildings totaling 64 units.

The plan calls for rezoning per the Metrotown Downtown Plan to RM5s, RM4 and C2 zoning districts. Details include:

  • a 48-storey tower including 10-storeys of office and 38-storeys of residential on the North portion of the site
  • 327 market residential units
  • 160 one-bedrooms units, 125 two-bedroom units and 41 three-bedroom units;
  • 4,700 SF of retail uses at grade;
  • 69,515 SF of office space;
  • a 14-storey tower with 125 non-market rental units on the South portion
  • A combined total density of 8.0 FAR;
  • Building heights of 520 ft. and 155 ft;
  • 544 underground parking stalls

10-Storey Building Planned for Granville & 68th

Westland Corporation has submitted a rezoning application for a 20,030 SF site at the corner of 68th and Granville, next to the Safeway. The plan for 1506 West 68th Avenue is to rezone from C-2 and C-2C (Commercial) District to CD-1 to allow a 10-storey mixed-use building that includes:

  • 45 market residential units;
  • 11 one-bedrooms, 26 two-bedrooms and 8 three-bedrooms;
  • a total of 12,603 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total of 15,477 SF of office space on the 2nd floor;
  • a total density of 3.60 FSR;
  • a maximum building height of 135 ft. from grade;
  • 138 underground vehicle parking spaces and 112 bicycle parking spaces.

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The application is being considered under the Marpole Community Plan.

The architect for the project is IBI Group.

Westland acquired the site in January 2016 for $19,855,000, or $275 per buildable SF based on the rezoning application.

237-Unit Project Planned for Uptown Area of New Westminster

Orr Development has submitted their rezoning and development permit applications for a 34,801 SF site at the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue in the Uptown neighbourhood of New Westminster. The site is currently improved with older two-storey commercial buildings. 

The proposal for 616-640 Sixth Street is for a 30-storey mixed use development that includes:

  • 169 market residential strata units (on levels 8-30)
  • 68 secured market rental housing units (on levels 2-7)
  • 14,439 SF of retail at grade;
  • a total density of 6.03 FSR;
  • a total building height of 305 ft.
  • 299 underground parking spaces;
  • common outdoor amenity area located on the forth level on top of the podium roof.

616 Sixth616 Sixth_1616 Sixth_2The site is designated as (UC) Uptown Commercial in the current Official Community Plan. The Rezoning application entails changing the zoning of the property from Community Commercial Districts (High Rise) (C-3) to a new Comprehensive Development District (CD). The Development Permit application is to facilitate the review of the form and character of the proposal in accordance with Official Community Plan Development Permit Area Guidelines.

The architect for the project is Yamamoto Architecture.