A resident just today notified WEN of this development application. Today (Monday, Nov 23) is the stated deadline “to be part of the application’s review,” though you can still write the City until the Development Permit Board meeting (which could also be soon).
1540 Haro Street – DE419183
Comments for the record go to: Vaughan Kopy, Project Coordinator, email@example.com, 604.871.6536
The proposal is to create four new dwelling units on the main floor. Total number of units would increase from 27 to 31. Existing open parking at the lane frontage would be enclosed and one might guess that some portion of the parking area would be incorporated into the new dwelling unit area. Parking would decrease to six spaces total for the 31 units.
Because the City posts such marginal information, it is almost impossible to determine what is actually proposed to happen on this site and whether the parking proposed is bylaw compliant.
This is the existing lane (subject building at the right of the photo):
It is interesting that this was one of the blocks used as part of the “Laneway 2.0” toolkit during the consultation on the West End Community Plan (adopted Nov 2014), which was supposed to improve West End lanes. Ironically, based on this application, the so-called “improvement” to the lane will be converting the existing open parking to steel garage doors. This is clearly not the “pedestrian-friendly, landscaped outcome” that was promised to West Enders.
The site appears to be owned by Gordon Nelson:
Given the limited re-development potential for these currently-affordable 1950s walk-up apartment buildings, the City of Vancouver appears to be setting things up so that over and over again the West End will see evictions, reconstruction, and reconfigurations to increase numbers of units by making them smaller, combined with upgrades with higher-end finishes. Watch for higher rents.
This is potentially a perverse outcome of the West End Community Plan. Watch to see what happens with this application’s approval and eventual outcome.
Our story last week showed how the City’s STIR incentive program, originally supposed to produce “affordable” rentals, produced “The Lauren,” a Westbank tower at Comox and Broughton that is now renting at small two-bedroom for $3,500. Our local government seems to be having difficulties developing policies that produce truly affordable rentals. Continue reading