(Updated) Heights are rising in and around the West End.
Westenders may want to note a few topics at City Hall this week. The Urban Design Panel on Oct 19 (Wednesday) has three items in or near the West End, and a public hearing on Oct 20 (Thursday) has a major tower proposed. If you are concerned about any of these we encourage you to communicate your concerns to the meeting indicated.
Also, for Regular Council on October 18, Mayor Robertson is proposing that Councillors Tim Stevenson and Adriane Carr be the “Neighbourhood Liaison Councillors” for the West End.
Now, the public Hearing….
On the agenda for the Public Hearing (Oct 20 Thurs), note item #5:
- REZONING: 1550 Alberni Street (43-storey market residential tower with commercial at grade, height of 132.35 m or 434 ft, FSR 14.15). Information on this project is located at the link below:
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/1550alberni/index.htmThe density for this project at 14.15 FSR (Floor Space Ratio) is very large – approximately triple that of early projects in the Downtown South area, and exceeding almost all existing sites in the West End – but is representative of the type of density likely to arise through future rezoning applications in the West End.
And the day before that, on the agenda for the Urban Design Panel (Oct 19 Wed), note items #2, #3 and #4:
- 1400/1488 Robson Street (currently the Empire Landmark Hotel, to be demolished, replaced by two towers, one 28 and one 30 storeys, in the West End, between Broughton and Nicola Streets). More information for this project is located here:
- 1345 Davie Street (two residential towers at 18 and 20 storeys, containing 153 dwelling units, West End, between Jervis and Broughton). More information:
- 1290 Burrard Street (Burrard Place – which already has a 54-storey tower planned — this application is for a 13-storey commercial building, downtown area). (This is technically just across the street from the West End.). More information (though listed for some reason as 1280 Burrard):
Note: Credits for the graphics above go to the respective developers, via the Changing City Updates blog (https://changingcitybook.com/).
The projects at 1400 Robson Street and 1345 Davie Street each involve re-development of existing sites in the West End. Development of this type was “pre-zoned” with the adoption of the West End Community plan, and no consideration by City Council, or public hearing, is required for these projects – only consideration by the Development Permit Board. Continue reading