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Major redevelopment of Vancouver's Jewish Community Centre proposed

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Kenneth Chan Jan 25, 2018 3:23 pm 1,913

The Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver located near the southeast corner of the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Oak Street has big plans to create a new home for itself.

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A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver to redevelop the community centre’s 3.3-acre property at 950 West 41st Avenue into a multi-building, mixed-use development.

Aerial view of the existing Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver site at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Google Maps Streetview)

The site, located one block west of Oakridge Centre, is largely undeveloped, with a ground-level parking lot on the eastern half of the site and the existing, three-storey community centre building – which also houses the Norman Rostein Theatre – on the western half.

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

The proposal calls for a nine-storey, 121-ft-tall building containing a replacement community centre with new recreational space, pools and gyms, ground-level retail space, an early-childhood education centre with 104 private daycare spaces, cultural arts spaces with an auditorium and theatre, and non-profit office space.

Diagram of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

As well, the site will accommodate a relocation of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital Seniors Care Facility, which is currently located across the street at the northwest corner of the intersection. The new seniors’ home will be a 13-storey, 158-ft-tall building with 266 senior assisted living, complex care, and memory care beds.

A third building with 24 storeys, reaching 250 ft in height, will contain 160 secured market rental units – enough space to house approximately 400 residents. The unit mix will be 64 studio units, 40 one-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units, and 16 three-bedroom units.

To support the community centre’s activity and the new residents, there will be 693 vehicle parking spaces and 250 bicycle parking spaces.

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

Diagram of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

Ample open spaces, courtyards, green spaces, and communal terraces are planned, including vast green roofs as part of the project’s rainwater management strategy. A LEED Gold environmental certification has been targeted and achieved with other green design elements, such as solar shading and edible plant species in the outdoor spaces.

Overall, the proposed floor space ratio (the total floor area on all levels of the building divided by the site area) density is 4.47 FSR.

The project’s design considers the forms and densities of the planned nearby redevelopments of the Oakridge bus depot and the Oakridge Centre shopping mall. It falls under the City’s Oakridge Transit Centre Policy Statement.

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry Architects)

Artistic rendering of the new Jewish Community Centre at 950 West 41st Avenue. (Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver / Acton Ostry 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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