Open House for 21-storey tower at 1500 Robson Street (Wed, May 3, 2017) DP-2017-00304

1500-robson from changingcitybook 5-Apr-2017.jpg

Robson facade of proposed tower, as of 5-Apr-2017. Credit: Changing City Book.

Proposal for a 21 storey mixed-use building
127 secured market rental units
Scheduled for the Development Permit Board on July 10.

Community open house:
Wednesday, May 3, 5 pm – 8 pm
Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson St, The Crystal Ballroom West

According to the Changing City Book blog, this rental tower is for the corner of Robson and Nicola; (Robson façade). As of early April, two small buildings were proposed with only 12 rental units. GWL Advisers are proposing a 21 storey mixed-use building with retail on the street and 127 rental units above, with 42 two or three bedroom units. “This IBI Group designed tower is planned across Nicola Street from the two towers that would replace the Empire Landmark Hotel – although those are proposed as market rather than rental units.”

Copy of Development Application web page, as of 3-May-2017

1500 Robson Street – DP-2017-00304

IBI Group Architects has applied to the City of Vancouver for permission to develop this site with a 21 storey mixed-use building.  The proposal includes the following:

  • • 127 market rental dwelling units;
  • • retail use on the ground floor;
  • • 99,861 sq. ft. of floor area;
  • • building height of 210 ft.;  and
  • • four levels of underground parking accessed from the lane.

Under the site’s existing C-5A zoning, the application is “conditional” so it may be permitted; however, it requires the decision of the Development Permit Board. [In other words, thanks to the West End Community Plan and subsequent “pre-zoning” there is no need for a Public Hearing. This application just goes straight to an internal decision by the 4-person DPB, though the public may address that board on request.]

… This application has been scheduled for the Development Permit Board on July 10, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room (1st Floor, City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue).

To assist you, a brief explanation of the Development Permit Board process is posted on our website at:  You or your representative may attend the meeting and, upon request, will be accorded the opportunity to address the Board.

We welcome your written comments (letter or e-mail) on this development application. Comments should be received on, or before May 24 , 2017, to be considered in the staff review. However, written comments will be considered up until the date of decision.


Contact: Lisa King, Project Facilitator,, 604.873.7642


This application is scheduled for the Development Permit Board on July 10, 2017.

1500 Robson Street
IBI Group
Construction of a 21 storey market rental building with commercial units at grade all over four levels of underground parking with access off of the lane.
Lisa King 604.873.7642
July 10, 2017


See the separate WEN post about the towers going up across the street at 1400 (1488) Robson, the current site of the Empire Landmark Hotel.


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