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29-storey tower with affordable homes for artists approved for New Westminster

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Kenneth Chan Mar 07, 2018 5:28 pm 1,684
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Earlier this week, New Westminster City Council approved Stage New Westminster, a mixed-used redevelopment that provides the downtown area with 245 new homes.

The project site at 813-823 Carnarvon Street – a light industrial site surrounded by tall buildings – is directly across from SkyTrain’s New Westminster Station and a future Chinese-themed public park and garden, which is part of another proposed tower redevelopment.

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Location of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

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Location of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

Local developer Domus Homes has partnered with GBL Architects to design a 290-ft-tall tower with 29 storeys with 190 market condominium units and a seven-storey mid-rise building with 50 non-market rental units.

The non-market rental units will be constructed for non-profit organization Performing Arts Lodges (PAL), which provides ‘veterans of the performing arts industry’ with affordable housing. When complete, these units for musicians, dancers, actors, writers, and artists – with the priority being for veteran artists 55 years or older – will be operated by PAL.

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Artistic rendering of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

Close to 40% of the market units will have two bedrooms or more to satisfy the municipality’s Family-Friendly Housing Policy. The market unit mix is 118 one-bedroom apartments, 54 two-bedroom units, 10 three-bedroom townhouses, and 13 three-bedroom apartments.

All of the non-market housing are single bedroom units as this component of the project is exempt from City requirements.

There will be a small commercial component of 6,100-sq-ft of retail and restaurant space on the ground level at the southwest corner of the property, where a small public plaza will be built.

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Artistic rendering of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

Along the Victoria Street ground-level face of the complex, a mural with a yet-to-be-determined design that celebrates the Chinese community is planned. The location is strategic as it is directly across the street from the future Chinese-themed public park and garden.

Altogether, the planned total floor area on the 26,100-sq-ft lot is 202,275 sq. ft., which provides the project with a floor space ratio (FSR) density of 7.75. About 300 underground parking stalls will be built to support the project.

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Artistic rendering of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

813-823 Carnarvon Street Stage New Westminster

Artistic rendering of Stage New Westminster at 813-823 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster. (Domus Homes / GBL Architects)

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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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