Details Emerge for BlueSky’s Two Tower West End Project

BlueSky Properties has submitted their formal rezoning applications for two linked sites across the street from each other on the East side of Thurlow Street on Harwood.

The two towers would be 32 and 33-storeys respectively, comprise a total of 300 units and would be rezoned from the current RM-5A zoning to a CD zoning per the West End Community Plan, which allows for 300 ft. towers between Thurlow and Burrard.

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Details for each site include:

1065 Harwood Street and 1332 Thurlow Street (North Site)

The proposal is for a 33-storey residential building including:

    • 59 market residential units on floors 18-33;
    • 98 social housing units on floors 2-18;
    • 64 one-bedrooms, 30 two-bedrooms and 49 three-bedrooms;
    • a total density of 10.46 FSR;
    • five levels of underground parking with 157 vehicle parking stalls and 197 bicycle parking spaces; and
    • a building height of 300 ft.

1066 & 1078 Harwood Street (South Site)

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

    • 143 market residential units;
    • 64 one-bedrooms, 30 two-bedrooms and 49 three-bedrooms;
    • a total density of 10.11 FSR;
    • six levels of underground parking with 236 vehicle parking stalls and 180 bicycle parking spaces; and
    • a building height of 300 ft.

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39-Storey Tower Latest Proposal from Westbank & Bing Thom

Westbank Corp. has now submitted their formal rezoning application for the site they own at 1668-1684 Alberni Street, at the corner of Bidwell Street. The site is currently home to two older midrise concrete condo buildings located just across Alberni from the former Chevron site, sold recently. The site also sits on the same block as a proposed 42-storey rental tower.

The current zoning for the 21,607 SF site is RM-5C thought the site is one of several that were redesignated under the West End Community Plan, this area known as the Denman Village. The proposal, designed by Bing Thom, is a 39-storey residential building including:

  • a six-storey podium;
  • 94 market residential units;
  • 13 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms, 55 three-bedrooms & 1 four-bed;
  • 5,500 SF floorplates;
  • the top 18 floors will feature only two units per floor;
  • a total density of 10.7 FSR;
  • four levels of underground parking with 180 vehicle parking stalls and 120 bicycle parking spaces; and
  • a building height of 385 ft.

1684 Alberni_11684 Alberni_21684 Alberni_6 1684 Alberni_3 1684 Alberni_4 1684 Alberni_5 1684 Alberni_7The application describes Bing Thom’s design rationale:

“The primary design gesture is the “Weave”, which celebrates simplicity and rhythm. The unique double height fenestration provides a formal framework that contains the suites. This weave organically stretches out at the base to encompass the podium units. The framework also acts as a sunshade reducing cooling loads in the summer.”

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.

Refurbishment of Gabriola Mansion Includes 20 Rental Units

A rezoning application has been submitted for the Gabriola Mansion property at 1523 Davie Street in Vancouver’s West End. The 26,000 SF property, principally occupied by one of the West End’s most notorious heritage buildings, was sold last year for $6.72 Million.

The application includes the preservation and restoration of the Gabriola Mansion building through conversion to rental apartments.

Further details include:

  • the conversion of the mansion into 16 market rental units;
  • 4 new infill 3-storey rental townhouses to be developed in the northeast corner of the property;
  • 4 three-bedrooms, 5 two-bedrooms, 7 one-bedrooms and 4 studios
  • an increase in FSR from 0.35 to 0.89; and
  • no increase in height from the existing CD-1 (248).

1523 Davie_3 1523 Davie_2 1523 Davie_1 1523 DavieThe architect for the project is Ankenman Marchand.

Rental Tower Slated for West End Includes 276 Units

Hollyburn Properties has submitted their rezoning application for the existing office/apartment property they own at 1640-1650 Alberni Street.  The site is located within Area A of the West End Community Plan, and has been identified for rezoning potential for a building up to 385 feet.

The plan is to rezone and rebuild the RM-5C zoned, 17,296 SF (132′ x 132′) property with a new 42-storey residential apartment tower with a four-storey podium, including:

  • 276 units of secured market rental housing;
  • 172 one-bedroom units, 89 two bedroom units and 15 three-bedroom units;
  • a total density of 13.69 FSR;
  • five levels of underground parking with 148 vehicle parking stalls;
  • 345 bicycle parking spaces; and
  • a building height of 385 ft.

This application is being considered under the West End Community Plan and Rezoning Policy for the West End.

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The project architect, Francl Architecture, describes the design rationale:

“The architectural expression of the building is derived in response to the surrounding urban context and to the opportunities that this site presents for its residents. With mountains to the north, Stanley Park to the west, the west end to the south and downtown to the east, views are exceptional in all directions. All of the tower suites have corner windows to take advantage of these views. The east and west facades have increased opaque massing with a curving solid envelope structure.

The facade orientations minimize the privacy and overlook issues with neighboring buildings and yield the best distant view potential for residents of the building. Suites are arranged and laid out to maximize these view opportunities. The tower is shaped to present a relatively narrow façade to the street, giving it a tall slender silhouette against the skyline. The rhythm of balcony projections further animate the tower facades as well provide the necessary solar control for the south and west facing facades.”

FOR SALE: West End Development Opportunity

We are pleased to introduce this 17,292 SF redevelopment opportunity at the corner of Thurlow and Burnaby Street in the West End of Vancouver. The assembled site has potential for rezoning for a 300 foot residential tower per the West End Community Plan, and is one of the last remaining opportunities to develop in this sub-area without view cone restrictions.

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