35 new homes and retail proposed for 49th Avenue next to Langara College

Aug 12 2019, 5:41 pm

A proposed redevelopment just across from Langara College will help realize the City of Vancouver’s vision of creating a new retail strip on West 49th Avenue between Cambie Street and Ontario Street.

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Billard Architecture has submitted a rezoning application to turn 102-125 West 49th Avenue — the northwest corner of the intersection of West 49th Avenue and Manitoba Street — into a 61-ft-tall, four-storey, mixed-use development.

105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The wood-frame proposal, dubbed ‘Langara House’, entails 5,700 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space on the ground level, and 35 strata residential units within the upper levels. The unit mix is one studio, 16 one-bedroom units, 14 two-bedroom units, and four three-bedroom units.

Residents will have access to a rooftop amenity space, consisting of a 535-sq-ft indoor space and an outdoor area with covered BBQ, children’s play area, sitting areas, landscaping, and garden plots.

105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 105-125 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Billard Architecture)

“The design provides a bridge from the mid-century style of the nearby single-family homes in the neighbourhood to the sleek new mid-rise multi-residential developments in the neighbourhood, creating a cohesive feel for the area,” reads the design rationale.

“Natural materials of wood, hard-panel and metal composite panel are utilized in the modern massing of the building to create a new but familiar bridge between designs along West 49th Avenue.”

Two underground levels will contain 53 vehicle parking stalls and 44 bike parking spaces.

The total floor area is 42,000 sq. ft., giving the project a floor space ratio of 2.27 times the size of its 18,000-sq-ft lot, currently occupied by three single-family home structures.

The proposal aligns with the city’s Cambie Corridor Plan.

Vancouver Cambie Corridor Plan 2018

The City of Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor Plan. (City of Vancouver)

Vancouver Cambie Corridor Plan 2018

The City of Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor Plan. (City of Vancouver)

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