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Two towers with 162 homes proposed for Lonsdale in North Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan Mar 05, 2018 5:06 pm 3,192

Another relatively significant project for the North Shore could be coming to the Central Lonsdale area in North Vancouver.

The developer, Millennium Development, behind this mixed-use redevelopment is seeking greater densities and height than what is currently permitted by zoning and the municipality’s Official Community Plan (OCP).

The 43,500-sq-ft site at 123 and 145 East 13th Street, directly across the street from the recently completed Centreview complex and the soon-to-be-open Whole Foods Market, is currently occupied by two buildings with 66,000 sq. ft. of combined office space.

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The existing buildings at the site of the proposed redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

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Site of the proposed redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

With a design by Chris Dikeakos Architects, Millennium is proposing to replace these buildings with an 18-storey residential tower on the eastern portion of the site and a seven-storey mid-rise building on the westward portion.

Both towers will contain 162 residential units combined, including townhouses along the laneway. Approximately 80% of the units are large enough for families, which is qualified as units with two or more bedrooms.

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

123-145 East 13th Street North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

Within the podium levels, there will be 18,331 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and 31,700-sq-ft of office space on the second and third levels.

An amenity space for residents occupies the south side of the east podium, with facilities such as a swimming pool, whirlpool, outdoor terraces, and indoor amenity spaces containing change rooms, a yoga studio, and amenity lounge spaces.

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

Underground levels of parking contain 279 vehicle stalls – with 186 stalls for residents and 93 stalls for commercial spaces – and 281 bike stalls.

Public realm benefits such as a new plaza are envisioned.

Overall, the development is aiming to achieve a density of 4.95 times the site area (FSR).

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

123-145 East 13th Street North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

Changes to the City of North Vancouver’s policies, as well as a density transfer, are required as the site currently permits a gross floor area of 173,902 sq. ft. and a height of 151 ft., but the developer is proposing 214,768 sq. ft. of floor area and a height of 187 ft.

In exchange for the added density, Millennium is offering $6.4 million in community benefits, plus an additional $10.74 million in community benefits from the density transfer.

The project’s rezoning and OCP amendment requests are expected to receive approval from City Council this evening.

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Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 123-145 East 13th Street in North Vancouver. (Chris Dikeakos Architects / Millennium Development)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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