(Update: The DPB approved this application on July 25, with many conditions imposed. We will follow up with a post when details are made public.)
The redevelopment of the Safeway site at 1661 Davie Street (and Cardero) with a new Safeway and two towers goes before the Development Permit Board for final approval on July 25, 2016.
Development Permit Board
Regarding 1661 DAVIE STREET (DE419982) ZONE C-5A
Monday, July 25, 2016, starting at 3:00 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting Room, City Hall
Applicants: Henriquez Partners Architects, Westbank Project Corp, and Crombie REIT
This may be the largest development application going through the approval process since the West End Community Plan was adopted in November 2013, and for that reason, deserves close scrutiny. Does it comply with the Community Plan? And is the entire review process respectful of residents and the community? We see some problems, and they are worth noting not only for the West End but for all neighbourhoods in the City, especially those now in planning processes.
West End Neighbours has analyzed the application, comparing the promises of the West End Community Plan with the details proposed by the applicants:
Redevelopment of 1661 Davie Street (existing Safeway site): Does it fulfill Community Plan objectives? (West End Neighbours, 1-May-2016)
Our analysis shows concerns and gaps between the application and West End Community Plan, in terms of…
- Site Layout
- Size of Floorplates
- Streetscape and Building Finishes
- Lane Frontage
- Public Realm
- Construction Management
The application diverges from the West End Plan in several important ways, but the DPB has the power to put things on track — they can reject or approve the application, or require changes. Public input is important.
To provide your input to the Development Permit Board, you can speak in person, or write to the Meeting Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) requesting the message to be distributed. You may also wish to share comments with City Council on the broader issue of change in the West End (email@example.com). Continue reading