WEN BRIEFS: Much news. Open house 23-storey tower London Drugs, court fight 1754 Pendrell, Gabriola Mansion, more …

Here is a copy of our newsletter, sent out on October 20, 2015. (Sorry, not fully formatted for this web page.)

Oct 20, 2015

 We are well into autumn, the federal election is over, and onward we go. Civic affairs in Vancouver and changes in the West End are racing ahead.

 There is a LOT to report since our last WEN news to you, but for now we’ll keep it short.

 The implications of the West End Community Plan adopted in November 2013 are now becoming clear in full force. Add up all the storeys in this little brief alone, and you will get the picture. Meanwhile, the community needs advocates to ensure the neighbourhood gets its investment and amenities as the population rises here. Your involvement in current and future issues will be crucial in forming the future of your community. 


West End Neighbours.


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Open House 6:00-8:45 pm Tuesday, Oct 20, for 23-storey tower on London Drugs parking lot (1668 Davie)
Open house (today) for a 23-storey rental tower proposed by Larco Investments at 1668 Davie Street (the existing London Drugs parking lot):

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Coast Plaza Hotel
1763 Comox Street

The City welcomes comments in writing (letter or e-mail) on this development application. Comments should be received on or before October 30 to be considered in the staff review report. However, comments will be considered up until the date of decision. Note that this is an internal decision by the Development Permit Board. No public hearing.

You can provide comments by filling out the City’s online feedback form.

Post by West End Neighbours: click here.

Project info:

21-storey Westbank tower 1700-block Pendrell: City Hall now faces court challenge
Henriquez Partners, on behalf of Westbank Developments, took over this rezoning application, which was approved by City Council on September 15, 2015.
One month later, six West End citizens went to B.C. Supreme Court to challenge the decision.
Previous article on WEN website: CLICK HERE

Gabriola Mansion (Davie and Cardero) bought – to be converted to rentals
The Vancouver Sun has reported about this recent sale and the new owner’s plans for this heritage building. To read, click here.

22-storey tower approved at 1188 Bidwell (and Davie)

We reported about a proposed 22-storey tower at the corner of Bidwell and Davie (corner where currently there are Mac’s and Bosleys Pet Supplies, etc). The tower was approved by an internal decision at City Hall on September 9, by the Development Permit Board. A few people spoke to the DPB. No public hearing was required due to the site being “pre-zoned” with the West End Plan. Minutes of the meeting are here. http://vancouver.ca/files/cov/committees/minutes-development-permit-board-20150908.pdf

More info about the project from WEN at time of the open house: click here

43-storey tower proposed for 1550 Alberni
The City has received a rezoning application for a 43-storey tower at 1550 Alberni. An open house is expected this autumn. Details of the application are here. This one is a rezoning, so will require a public hearing. Density proposed on the site is 14 FSR (Floor Space Ratio).

After a Public Hearing on March 24, 2015, City Council approved an application by Intracorp for a 19-storey tower with an FSR of 6.61, at 1177 Jervis (and Davie). Intracorp is now in full swing marketing the project.

Westbank with Bing Thom Architects, in cooperation with First Baptist Church, are proposing a a 60-storey tower at Nelson and Burrard. An open house was held on September 15. We can still expect another Open House by the City. Stay tuned. Media have covered this proposal. Our post about the Sept 15 event is here.

Wall Financial Corporation is proposing a 60-storey tower at Nelson and Thurlow. An open house was held on September October 8. We can still expect another Open House by the City. Stay tuned. Media have covered this proposal. Our post about the Oct 8 event is here.

Beach Towers demolition/construction project is not proceeding
On June 8, 2015, we broke the news that this major tower and infill development at Beach Towers was not proceeding at this time. For our story, CLICK HERE. Since then there was further media coverage about the inexplicable decision, but we have no further news.

Call for Donations and Volunteers
WEN’s work in the neighbourhood requires many volunteer hours AND volunteer funding. WEN has no access to public funds or grant money, so our activities are funded through people like you. If you can contribute something to help fund WEN’s work, please use the “make a donation” button on the website at:


You can be confident that donated funds will be put to good use in raising awareness of planning development issues in the West End and helping to ensure our West End neighbourhood continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. WEN is a registered non-profit society under the BC Societies Act. See the “About” page on our website for details.


Who are West End Neighbours?  A group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the quality of life of our neighbours and the unique and distinctive character and heritage of our neighbourhood. Our inspiration and support comes from people in the community, especially the more than 13,000 who have signed our petition, including renters, owners and business people from all walks of life and all ages: working people, young families, seniors, children and youth, etc.


WEN encourages residents to be aware of the changes proposed to take place in their neighbourhood, to educate themselves about these changes, participate in the City’s consultation process, and to contribute to the process in a way that ensures changes best meet the needs of the community.


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More news to come soon!  Thank you, neighbour!

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