The prominent northwest corner of the intersection of West 49th Avenue and Granville Street in South Vancouver could be redeveloped into a modest multi-family market rental housing project.
According to a rezoning application by Stuart Howard Architects for 1515 West 9th Avenue, the infill proposal entails building two 44-ft-tall, 3.5-storey residential buildings. Currently, apart from a garage structure, the site is largely vacant.
There would be nine secured market rental homes, with a unit mix of eight three-bedroom townhouses and a single one-bedroom caretaker suite.
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Through design, an immense effort has been made to have the building’s architecture align with the general character of the neighbourhood. It has a faux-heritage look, mimicking the adjacent 1923-built property at 1525 West 49th Avenue.
The proposal calls for four off-street vehicle parking stalls, one car share stall, and 24 bike parking spaces.
A total floor area of 12,266 sq. ft. is proposed, creating a floor space ratio density of 1.53 times the size of the 8,000-sq-ft lot. The application is being considered under the city’s Affordable Housing Choices Interim Policy.
BC Assessment has provided the property in its current condition with an assessed value of $2.2 million.
This is the latest multi-family proposal proposed for Granville Street, and it follows the recent controversies surrounding various market rental housing proposals further up north in the Shaughnessy neighbourhood.