1444 Alberni Street & 740 Nicola: 43 & 48 storey towers – Open House June 7 (Wed)

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Image of proposed towers at 1444 Alberni and 740 Nicola, credit ChangingCityBook.org. Final designs could be different.

Piecing together bits of information…

 

1444 Alberni Street and 740 Nicola Street
[Also listed as 1488 Alberni]
Prezoning Open House before submission of application to the City of Vancouver
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm

Two towers of 43 & 48 storeys with approximately 491 units (approx. 358 strata units and 133 market rental residential) including a mix of townhomes and family size units (2+ bedrooms). [West End Planning Team update June 1 says this is 44 and 49 storeys…]

According to the ChangingCityBook.com, “A cluster of rival luxury condo towers is rapidly emerging in the small area around Alberni and West Georgia where the West End Plan contemplated higher towers. The latest design is about to head to a pre-rezoning open house, before submission to the City for consideration. This isn’t the first pair of towers designed for this site; it was initially assembled by Wall Financial who commissioned a more contemporary design for a pair of towers, before selling the site on to Landa Properties and Asia Standard for twice what they had acquired it for. The new owners have commissioned New York architect Robert A M Stern (with Vancouver’s MCM) who have produced this initial design. It’s a very retro design, looking like New York towers from the 1930s, and also a very similar tower designed by the same architect in Toronto. If these are approved (after the many steps they face) they will look very different from the much more contemporary designs proposed so far in this area…”

Here is more background, from 17-Feb-2016 in UrbanYVR: 1400 Alberni twin condo tower proposal uncovered. Some interesting renderings have surfaced for an extremely valuable redevelopment site in Coal Harbour that has been in the news lately. 1444 Alberni Street, currently home to a 1970s-era rental apartment tower, along with an office building at 740 Nicola St., were first acquired by Wall Financial for $83.5 million in 2014. Then, just last month, the site was re-sold to a new buyer, rumoured to be Hong Kong-based Asia Standard International Group and Vancouver-based Landa Global Properties, for almost double the price: $160 million.”

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