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This 35-storey tower could replace the former West Georgia Chevron station site

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Kenneth Chan May 18, 2018 1:39 pm 2,533

A first glimpse at the preliminary conceptual design of the redevelopment for the now-closed Chevron gas station site on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver shows a residential tower with approximately 35 storeys.

Local developer Anthem Properties acquired the corner 16,369 sq. ft. property at 1698 West Georgia Street in spring 2017, and the gas station was quickly closed and demolished after the finalization of the transaction worth $72 million. It was one of six gas stations within the City of Vancouver that Chevron divested over the past two years.

The now-closed and demolished Chevron gas station on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. (Farhan Mohamed / Daily Hive)

A newsletter recently released by the developer highlighting its current projects indicates internationally renowned New York City-based Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) is behind the design work for the redevelopment. The firm’s past work includes the new 5 World Trade Centre tower in NYC and International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong.

This is KPF’s second project in Vancouver; it also designed the upcoming 377-ft-tall, 30-storey office tower that will replace the old parkade at 320 Granville Street, right across from Waterfront Station.

Preliminary plans for the former Vancouver gas station site, which occupies roughly one-third of the city block, call for about 120 homes and extensive greenery on the facade.

1698 West Georgia Vancouver

Artistic rendering for the preliminary conceptual design of 1698 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. (Kohn Pedersen Fox / Anthem Properties)

As for the other two-third block-sized parcel, White Spot sold its prized restaurant property to a Chinese buyer for $245 million in December 2017. Redevelopment plans for this site have not been made public.

Other towers proposed or approved for the area include:

  • Westbank and Revery Architecture’s (Bing Thom Architects) 39-storey “exoskeleton” tower at 1684 Alberni Street, right across the street from the Chevron gas station
  • Westbank and Kengo Kuma’s 40-storey ‘carved’ tower at 1550 Alberni Street
  • Bosa Properties and Henriquez Partners Architects’ 26-storey ‘scaly’ tower at 1575 West Georgia Street
  • James Cheng’s 46-storey flat iron tower at 1455 West Georgia Street
  • Bosa Properties and Ole Scheeren’s 43-storey ‘Jenga’ tower at 1500 West Georgia Street

Artistic rendering of the proposed tower at 1668-1684 Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver. (Bing Thom Architects / Westbank Projects)

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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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