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

Robson Street Site Sells in $79.5 Million Deal

A 17,263 SF site at the Northeast corner of Robson Street and Cardero Street has sold to Vivagrand Developments for a purchase price of $79,500,000. The site is designated within the West End Community Plan to allow a density for a highrise, up to a total density 8.75 FSR.

The site, formerly occupied in part by Blockbuster Video, sits directly South across the lane from Westbank’s project at 1550 Alberni.

One of the current retail tenants in the property was featured today in a CBC in a story regarding skyrocketing property taxes.

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.

1444 Alberni Project to Include 443 Units in Two Towers

The formal rezoning application for 1444 Alberni Street and 740 Nicola Street has been released to the public. The project, revealed in the Vancouver Sun yesterday as the world’s tallest passive-house towers, will now go through the formal rezoning process with the City of Vancouver. The project is a partnership between Asia Standard and Landa Global, who acquired the site in 2016.

The site comprises a whole city block totaling 43,282 SF. The site currently contains rental units that will be retained.

The proposal is for two residential towers with:

  • 314 market residential units; 
  • 129 market rental units; 
  • a total of 443 units; 
  • 34 studios, 167 one-beds, 188 two-beds, 34 three-beds & 20 four-beds
  • a total density of 14.95 FSR;
  • six levels of underground parking with 484 vehicle parking stalls and 562 Class A bicycle parking spaces;
  • building heights of 442.0 ft. (East Tower) and 405.0 ft (West Tower);
  • a 56 space City owned childcare facility on Level 7; and
  • closure of Nicola Street between Alberni Street and the lane to create a new City park.

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Typical tower floor plan

Typical tower floor plan

This application is being considered under the West End Community Plan.

The design for the project is by MCMP in conjunction with Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

The site was sold in Apirl 2016 for $170.1 Million, or $263 per gross SF based upon the rezoning application.  

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.

1065 Harwood_6 1065 Harwood_5 1065 Harwood_4 1065 Harwood_3 1065 Harwood_2 1065 Harwood_1The architect for the project is Henriquez Partners.

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.”