Early Notice of Redevelopment of 3 West End Sites – Workshop Feb 27 for 1601 Comox, 1529 Comox, 1546 Nelson

This notice is circulating in the community. We encourage anyone affected by potential developments at these sites to attend the event. We also encourage the community to follow this case, to see how the newly-created West End Community Plan is interpreted by developers and city planners.

1601, 1529 Comox 1546 Nelson development workshop 17-Feb-2014

  • Open House – Workshop Invitation
  • 4-7 pm, Thursday, February 27, 2014
  • Location: Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay Street
  • From Carerra Management Corporation and Ankenman Marchand Architects

We encourage residents to ask exactly how the proponents define “affordable rental suites” and what the proposals will mean for the existing residents of these buildings. Though not stated, the implication seems to be that all of these sites have been purchased by the same company.

We have put together some information about the properties from real estate listings. 

1601 Comox
http://www.goodmanreport.com/listings/962
Purchased April 29, 2010 for $6,765,000. Grace Court is a historic six storey plus basement 26-suite mid-rise rental apartment building located in Vancouver’s West End. Built in 1906 and improved on a 66′ x 131′ site, the subject was built to a superior high-standard by CPR (Canadian Pacific Railways) for its executive accommodation. It was constructed with thick reinforced concrete exterior walls and heavy timber wood frame. The building is one of the first “so-called” high-rises in Vancouver and has been successfully restored to highlight its historic characteristics and now remains a showpiece in the West End. The subject features 21 -1Br & 5-2Br suites for an average suite size of 974 sq. ft., grade parking, and some spectacular views.

1529 Comox Street
http://www.collierscanada.com/11304
Purchased 31 Oct 2013, for $3,050,000. Build up to 12,969 square feet based on a 1.5 FSR. Phenomenal rental housing development site.

1546 Nelson Street
http://www.vancouvermarket.ca/tag/1546-nelson-street/
This property was purchased some time before February 14, 2014. Asking price was $2,050,000. Advertising indicated that it is an ideally located 6-unit apartment building that offers a stable and secure return for an investor or an owner-occupier. The rear portion of the property is now permitted for additional laneway residential space as part of the laneway housing policies in the West End Community Plan.

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