Public Hearing item for Thursday, 9-Dec-2021
CD-1 Rezoning at 1640-1650 Alberni Street (West End)
Public hearing agenda and instructions on how to write or speak to Council: https://council.vancouver.ca/20211209/phea20211209ag.htm
- 66 secure replacement market rental housing units to replace the 66 rental housing units currently on the site
- 198 market strata units
- Floor area of 24,060 sq. m (258,987 sq. ft.)
- Building height of 118.5 m (385 ft.)
- Floor space ratio (FSR) of 14.97
- 268 vehicle parking spaces and 535 bicycle parking spaces
The application is enabled by the West End Community Plan.
Rezoning information (Shape Your City): https://shapeyourcity.ca/1640-1650-alberni-st
Referral report by City staff (59 pages): https://council.vancouver.ca/20211116/documents/rr9.pdf
Summary: To rezone from RM-5C (Residential) to CD-1 for a 43-storey residential building with 198 strata titled and 66 secured market rental units (that is, at the top rate that can be gained on the market), of which 20% (that is, about 13 units) are to be below market, with height 117.3 metres or 385 feet and FSR 14.97.
Comment: This application is the second rezoning application for this site since implementation of the West End Community Plan adopted in 2013. In 2016, previous owners (Hollyburn) submitted a proposal to demolish the current rental tower and commercial low-rise. Their plan was to construct a new purpose-built rental building of 385 feet height and 276 secured market rental units of which 40% would have been family units. The application was subsequently withdrawn by the owner in 2018. Based on media reports at the time (see references below), the reason seemed that such a proposal for this site was not deemed economically viable within the requirements of the West End Community Plan.
The property was then sold to Landa Global (www.landaglobal.com) in 2018 and the current application was submitted in early summer 2020. (Landa Global also has properties at 1400 Alberni and 1818 Alberni)
The current application documentation is not complete: (1) There are no site plans included in the application that is posted online. Why is this information not provided to the public? (2) Several conditions concerning the design of the building, public realm, and the landscaping have not been satisfied and have been deferred to the Development permit phase. These should be considered at the Public Hearing. (3) The transportation study relies on 2016 data and does not consider the current or future impact of current construction and proposed new developments in the vicinity. (4) Are proposed public realm and public amenities adequate?Continue reading