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.
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.
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.
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).
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.