Public meeting May 26 (Thurs) on developments and future of Mole Hill historic block

Mole Hill aerial view from West End Community Plan 2013In the face of development and infill proposals in the West End’s Mole Hill, the following meeting is scheduled, and all are welcome:

Mole Hill Community Housing Society
Public Meeting on the Future of Mole Hill
May 26, 2016 (Thursday), 6:30 pm start
Mole Hill Common Room, 1157 Pendrell Street

Contact Quentin Wright, Executive Director: qwright@molehillhousing.ca, tel. 604-681-2096. Visit their website (www.mole-hill.ca) for the history and information about living at Mole Hill.

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The MHCHS has concerns about the impacts of developments on the heritage, character, and safety of the community, as well as the process being followed by the City toward approval. For the proposal to move a heritage house and build a laneway infill at 1150 Comox, an internal decision at City Hall (approval by the Director of Planning) is scheduled for June 3.

Related material from MHCHS:

  • Vancouver’s Famous Heritage Block to Change Forever, click here.
  • Mole Hill Redevelopment plans finally made public just before decision by Director of Planning, click here.
  • New 1150 Comox Development, click here.

Information provided by WEN in February 2016 about a wave of development unleashed by the West End Community Plan included mention of two projects in Mole Hill. The official information from the City of Vancouver is copied below. Please go to the links below for more information. 

1158 Comox Street (note that the address was formerly 1150 Comox) – DE419153, http://development.vancouver.ca/1158comox/index.htm

Ankenman Marchant Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop this site with a Heritage Revitalization Application and infill dwelling. The proposal includes the following:

5 dwelling units (4 units in the house, 1 unit infill);
Maximum building height of approximately 37.9 ft.;
Total floor area of 7,027 square feet; and
1 parking space accessed from the lane.

1184 Comox Street – DE418701, http://development.vancouver.ca/1184comox/index.htm

Strathmore Lodge LP has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop this site with a new three-storey multi-family dwelling. The proposal includes the following:

• 6 secured market rental residential units;
• Building height of approximately 10.0 meters;
• Total floor area of 385 m2; and
• 2 surface parking spaces (1 secured for car share) accessed from the lane.

Note that another major project has already been approved and construction is under way for this 22-storey tower on the site of First Presbyterian Church, indicated below.

1108 Pendrell Street (ex 1155 Thurlow Street ) – DE417385, click here.

The City of Vancouver has received an application to rezone 1155 Thurlow Street from RM-5B (Multiple-Family Dwelling) District to CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District to allow development of a 22-storey mixed-use building including market and non-market rental housing, retail space, a church and a preschool. The proposal includes:

proposed floor space ratio (FSR) of 9.45;
proposed floor area of 15,177.1 m² (163,365 sq. ft.);
the proposed height is 62.9 m (206.3 ft.);
168 market rental housing units are proposed;
45 non-market rental housing units are proposed; and
133 parking stalls are proposed
The application was made under the Policy on Consideration of Rezoning Applications and Heritage Revitalisations Agreement During Community Planning Processes and the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability.

This application has been approved by Council at Public Hearing on July 15, 2014. The conditions having been met, Council enacted By-law No. 11243, CD-1 (607), on June 9, 2015.

 

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