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Former gas station at 10th Avenue and Alma to be redeveloped

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Kenneth Chan Feb 19, 2018 8:48 pm 1,871

The site of a former gas station on the western edge of Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood will likely be redeveloped into a modest mixed-use redevelopment.

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Local architectural firm Rafii Architects, on behalf of developer Landa Global, has submitted a development application to the municipal government to build a four-storey building at 3668 West 10th Avenue – a vacant 23,000-sq-ft site on the prominent southeast corner of the intersection of West 10th Avenue and Alma Street.

The former gas station site at 3668 West 10th Avenue in Vancouver was turned into a temporary community garden. (Landa Global Properties)

3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

The development site for 3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver. (Rafii Architects / Landa Global)

The proposal calls for seven retail units totalling 8,731 sq. ft. on the ground level and 32 market residential units mainly within the upper floors.

There will be a single residential unit on the ground level on the eastern end of the building, with the entrance located on 10th Avenue, to provide a transition between the new storefronts and adjacent existing single-family homes.

3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal for 3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver. (Rafii Architects / Landa Global)

3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal for 3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver. (Rafii Architects / Landa Global)

Two levels of underground parking for a total of 80 parking spaces, with access from the laneway, will be provided for the residences and retail.

Overall, the project has a floor space ratio (FSR) density of 2.48 FSR.

The site, previously an Esso gas station, was temporarily converted into a community garden last year.

3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the proposal for 3668 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver. (Rafii Architects / Landa Global)

Several other redevelopments can be expected within the immediate vicinity over the coming years.

One block north on the northwest corner of West Broadway and Alma Street, a strip mall that houses True Confections could be turned into a six-storey building with ground-level retail and 94 secured market rental units in the floors above. This project is designed by Henriquez Partners Architects.

Artistic rendering for the proposal at 3701-3743 West Broadway,
Vancouver. (Henriquez Partners Architects)

On the opposite corner, the southeast corner, the recently-closed Chevron station will also see redevelopment in the future. For the time being, it is being used as a community garden.

And with the planned redevelopment of the 90-acre Jericho Garrison, located just two blocks away from the intersection, the neighbourhood could see tens of thousands of new residents over the coming decades.

All of this density could be supported by a future subway station at the intersection of Alma Street and West Broadway, if the Millennium Line is ever extended west of the planned new terminus at Arbutus Street.

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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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