One of the largest redevelopment projects planned for the north end of the Lions Gate Bridge has received final approval.
Earlier this month, the District of North Vancouver granted Pacific Gate Investments with a development permit for Park West at Lions Gate – a mixed-use redevelopment at 1633 Capilano Road, the prominent northwest corner of the intersection of Marine Drive and Capilano Road. It will replace Grouse Inn Hotel and the site of an adjacent vacant gas station.
The site is also immediately adjacent to the Earls Tin Palace restaurant redevelopment and LARCO’s Lions Gate Towers redevelopment. A rezoning application for the project was approved in 2014, but further steps were delayed to allow for a staggering of the construction projects in the area to limit traffic impacts from construction.
Pacific Gate, designed by Vancouver-based Rafii Architects, will turn the 2.6-acre site into two-tower project reaching 23 and 19 storeys, with 258 market residential units spread out over the complex. The unit mix consists of 96 one-bedroom units, 138 two-bedroom units, and 24 three-bedroom units.
Residents will have access to major amenity spaces and facilities on the rooftop of the podium, such as an outdoor pool and an indoor amenity space with a fitness gym, yoga room, and multi-purpose spaces.
Within the podium, there will also be commercial space, including a small grocery store, a restaurant, smaller retail units, and a daycare facility.
The project calls for about 464 parking stalls within three underground levels to support its density. A LEED Gold environmental design standard is targeted.
A large “gateway plaza” will run through much of the site to provide a pedestrian link and create a “public face” to the emerging Lions Gate Village area.
The developer will allocate approximately $1.8 million towards transportation improvements in the area, including a new boulevard and additional southbound travel lane on Capilano Road and the widening of the travel lanes on Curling Road. On the Marine Drive artery, the existing westbound bus stop next to the development site will be upgraded with a new, large customized bus shelter to accommodate the future North Shore B-Line service.
Current condition looking east from Marine Drive:
Future condition looking west from Marine Drive:
Additionally, as part of the rezoning agreement, the developer will provide a $4.56-million community amenity contribution to the municipal government.
Over half a dozen major tower redevelopments are planned for the immediate area within the District of North Vancouver’s jurisdiction, and this does not include mid-rise buildings and a new townhouse neighbourhood to the north of the site.