Redevelopment proposed for 7-Eleven in the Granville Entertainment District

May 15 2020, 6:48 pm

The longtime 7-Eleven convenience store at the northeast corner of the intersection of Granville Street and Drake Street in downtown Vancouver could see a mixed-use redevelopment.

A new development application outlines a plan to turn 1294 Granville Street — currently occupied by a 1905-built, two-storey building — into a new 70-ft-tall, six-storey building.

The proposal calls for 1,294 sq. ft. of ground-level commercial space fronting Granville Street, and 29 residential units within the upper levels, with a unit mix of 24 one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units. Each unit has a private balcony.

Residents will have access to an 800-sq-ft indoor amenity space on the ground level, and a 1,042-sq-ft indoor amenity space on the top floor.

1294 Granville Street Vancouver

Site of 1294 Granville Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

1294 Granville Street Vancouver

Site of 1294 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

“The intent is to reinforce the retail integrity along Granville Street at street level, while developing high quality livable residential units above,” reads the design rationale by GBL Architects.

With a 50-ft-wide frontage on Granville Street, this building will have a slim profile. According to the design rationale, the building’s form is a simple sculptural element that has been “morphed” to allow a more prominent commercial edge and corner, and open up southern exposure to the rooftop amenity space.

1294 Granville Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1294 Granville Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

1294 Granville Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1294 Granville Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

The building’s exterior materials will be a modern interpretation of “punched brick” that “dissolves at various locations around the building form,¬†diffusing the edges of the roofline and residential base, to further lighten the visual perception of the overall building mass.”

Furthermore, “the combination of punched windows and thermally broken balconies result in a highly sustainable building envelope.”

1294 Granville Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1294 Granville Street, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

Three ground-level vehicle parking spaces will be provided in the laneway.

The building will have a total floor area of 21,000 sq. ft., giving it a floor space ratio density of 3.5 times the size of its 6,000-sq-ft lot.

This property changed hands in September 2018 in a deal worth $8 million.

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