New towers are popping up on every other street corner in the West End these days, but it's all going according to plan. The West End Community Plan, that is.
Not everyone was happy about the consultation process or the final Plan, but it does protect substantial parts of the West End from further high-rise development.
All West End developments, except for a few on West Georgia, are within the parameters of the Plan, which replaces the older West End Commercial Policy Plan of 1986 and the West End Residential Area Policy Plan of 1987. You can find and download the Plan here.
Here are updates on the current and proposed developments. This is a preliminary listing and we will have more detail, and information from the City and developers, in future issues:
1444 Nicola: Two towers of 43 and 48 storeys with approximately 491 units (358 strata units and 133 market rental residential).
1550: A 43-storey tower with an average price tag of $2,000 per square foot, which means you can grab a studio apartment for something over 1 million.
1345: Mirabel. Side-by-side 18 and 19-storey buildings with a total of 149 units; 36 studio/one-bedreom/one-bedroom and den, 105 two-bedroom, and eight three-bedroom homes, plus 68 social housing units that will be owned by the City of Vancouver.
1550 / Gabriola House: Sometimes mistakenly referred to as "Gabriola Mansion" since its years as Hy's Mansion restaurant, this West End icon is in the process of being converted into 16 market rental suites, with the addition of four three-story market rental townhouses on the northeast corner of the property. Find The West End Journal's coverage from last March here.
1600 Block: Site of the old Safeway, along with numerous other longtime West End businesses. Apparently Safeway will re-open in the new building.
1435: Approved on March 20, 2017.
1488: Proposal for a 31 and 32 storey mixed-use building with 63 units of social housing and 237 market units.
1500: Proposed 21-storey mixed-use building with 127 secured market rental units.
1698 : Proposed 46-storey residential building with 128 market units. (Note: This project is outside of the designated West End Plan area). At the site of the former Chevron gas station.
1250: Between Bute and Jervis. Terrace House. Touted as the world's tallest mostly-wood building, it will stand 19 stories tall behind, and designed as a tribute to, Arthur Erickson's decades old Evergreen.
969 @ Nelson: First Baptist Church plans the restoration of the curhch, new church ancilliary spaces including a 37-space child daycare, a gymnasium, a counselling centre, and offices. A new 56-story tower will contain 294 market strata residential units and a new eight-story building will contain 66 housing units, owned by the church. 497 underground parking spaces. Bing Thom Architects.
1540: Interior and exterior alterations and an addition to the existing 27-unit multiple dwelling building will add four dwelling units on the main floor by enclosing a portion of the existing parking garage and reducing onsite parking to six spaces.
Development Permit Board Meetings
The Development Permit Board meets every other week from 3 to 6 p.m. at Vancouver City Hall (453 West 12th). Upcoming meetings are scheduled for January 7 and 21.
Learn more about the Development Permit Board here, where you can find information on upcoming meetings, documents, and minutes, and register to speak. Agendas a reports are usually available online five days prior to each meeting.