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Rental housing building proposed for corner of Commercial Drive and Adanac Street

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Kenneth Chan Apr 02, 2018 4:10 pm 653

A very modestly-sized redevelopment is proposed for the southwest corner of Commercial Drive and Adanac Street in East Vancouver – right across the street from the Kettle Bofo housing project, which will include both market and supportive housing and a new drop-in facility operated by The Kettle Society.

Cornerstone Architecture has submitted a rezoning application to redevelop 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, which are sites currently occupied by two-storey residential buildings.

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

The proposed site at 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

The proposed site at 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps Streetview)

The proposal calls for a new six-storey, 74-ft-tall mixed-use building with 38 secured market rental housing units and three ground-floor retail units facing Commercial Drive with a combined total of 3,800 sq. ft. of retail space.

It will be designed to Passive House environmental and affordable standards.

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

Artistic rendering of 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

Artistic rendering of 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

“We have chosen brick for use on the lower two floors of the building for it durability and timelessness. It also creates a two storey scale which relates to the Uprising Breads building immediately to the south,” reads the architect’s design rationale.

“Larger scale cementitious siding is used on the remainder of the building. Accent colours are provided in the balconies to warm up the visual expression of the project and add interest to the building. Balconies break up the building massing and create timeless appeal with visual interest.”

There will also be 23 underground parking stalls and 56 bicycle stalls.

This project is being considered under the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

Artistic rendering of 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

Artistic rendering of 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street

Artistic rendering of 815-825 Commercial Drive and 1680 Adanac Street, Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

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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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