Proponents of redeveloping a big mid-block property within the Granville Leisure District (GED) in downtown Vancouver are searching for extra peak and density for his or her challenge.
Over two years in the past, a improvement allow software was submitted by property proprietor Bonnis Properties and design agency Perkins & Will Architects to show 950 Granville Avenue — presently occupied by two- and three-storey buildings accomplished a couple of decade in the past — into a brand new four-storey industrial constructing.
The lot spans an space of 21,000 sq ft, and is bookended by The Roxy Cabaret to the north and the retail constructing with 7-Eleven and Tim Hortons to the south. Republic Nightclub was beforehand one of many main tenants of this property.
The unique 65-foot-tall, four-storey idea entails 71,000 sq ft of complete ground space for a ground space ratio (FAR) density that’s 3.4 instances bigger than the scale of the lot, with 16,800 sq ft of retail on the bottom degree and 54,300 sq ft of workplace house within the higher ranges. Relying on market circumstances, the second and third flooring designated as workplace house could possibly be used as multi-level retail and restaurant makes use of as a substitute.
However the proponent is hoping the municipal authorities will enable for barely extra density via further peak, probably in a second part that vertically expands the constructing if not accomplished in a single part.
An 88-foot-tall, six-storey model of the constructing would have a complete ground space of 94,500 sq ft for a density of 4.5 FAR, with not less than 16,800 sq ft of retail and as much as 77,700 sq ft of workplace house.
Present metropolis insurance policies for the location allow a peak of as much as 90 ft and a density of three.5 FAR. The proponent has indicated that the density enhance is the primary impediment; nevertheless, the proposed type of the terraced higher ranges for the taller model nonetheless falls throughout the present zoning envelope and peak restrict.
The extra commercial-only density would serve the GED effectively by offering it with extra foot site visitors to help native companies, particularly the foot site visitors from workplace employees. The Downtown Vancouver Enterprise Enchancment Affiliation has indicated GED companies noticed a lift from Deloitte’s non permanent workplaces on the Areas co-working location throughout the road on the former Tom Lee constructing.
However the risk for extra density and peak will doubtless not be identified till the municipal authorities completes an upcoming planning course of for the GED between Drake and Robson streets. This work is anticipated to start in 2022.
Within the meantime, demolition of the location is slated to happen this 12 months to start the development of the primary part’s four-storey idea.
The developer says discussions with town on this challenge first started in 2018.
Bonnis Properties owns quite a few high-profile properties alongside the Granville Strip, together with the Greatest Purchase/Winners constructing at 798 Granville Avenue, Moores Clothes for Males constructing at 526 Granville Avenue (proposal to redevelop it right into a 24-storey workplace tower), and the main workplace, retail, and cultural venue advanced via the redevelopment of the 800 block of Granville Avenue. It is usually the developer of the 13-storey workplace tower at 809 Seymour Avenue, subsequent to the intersection of Robson and Granville streets.