One of the most prominent corners on Vancouver’s Central Broadway Corridor could be redeveloped with a new modestly-sized commercial building.
A new seven-storey building has been proposed for the southwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Cambie Street, replacing existing two-storey buildings that house Original Joe’s, La Taqueria, Starbucks, and a number of small businesses up to and including Old Ginger Szechuan Restaurant.
Pacific Crown Management Company Ltd. has submitted a development application to the City of Vancouver to build a new structure with retail, restaurant, and financial institution space on the ground and second floors alongside office space on the third to seventh floors.
There will be two levels of underground parking, with 83 stalls, accessed from the back lane to help support the businesses.
Altogether, this new project at 510 West Broadway will have a floor area of 61,381 ft² and a height of 93 ft, which abides with the view cones from Vancouver City Hall and Queen Elizabeth Park.
The project is being proposed under existing zoning guidelines for the site, ahead of a planned Broadway Corridor study to further densify the strip in response to the proposed construction of the underground SkyTrain extension of the Millennium Line.
The intersection is already home to the Canada Line’s Broadway-City Hall Station, and a direct underground connection between the Canada Line and the Millennium Line with a new secondary entrance from the Crossroads building is planned.
Plans for the development submitted to the municipal government do not show an additional station entrance for this corner of the intersection.
Local architectural firm W.T. Leung Architects is behind the design of not only this project but also a number of other new commercial developments along the Corridor, including the recently completed Broadway Central retail and office building where Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary is located.