Faux-heritage rental homes proposed for South Vancouver

Apr 1 2020, 7:17 pm

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.

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Site of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Site of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

There would be nine secured market rental homes, with a unit mix of eight three-bedroom townhouses and a single one-bedroom caretaker suite.

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.

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

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.

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

1515 West 9th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1515 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)