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63 social housing rental units proposed for Little Mountain in Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan Jan 07, 2019 2:39 pm 96

There is new progress on the long-planned redevelopment of the large Little Mountain property wedged between Queen Elizabeth Park and Main Street in Vancouver.

Holborn Holdings Ltd., the developer of Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, has submitted a development application to construct an 85-ft-tall, eight-storey mixed-use building at 155 East 37th Avenue — the east side of the property, facing Main Street.

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Masterplan of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Stantec Architecture / Holborn Group)

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Site of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Google Maps)

There will be 63 social housing rental units on the upper floors, with the unit mix comprised of 42 two-bedroom units and 21 three-bredroom units.

Approximately 4,200-sq-ft of space on the ground floor has been set aside for restaurant use.

“The building is strategically oriented in line with the Little Mountain masterplan, with the longer dimension north-south, to optimize views and reduce shadow impact,” reads the design rationale by Stantec Architecture.

“Designated to be one of the gateways for the entire Site, the building design contributes to a sense of entry into the community by emphasizing and adding dynamism to the massing of the building.”

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Artistic rendering of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Stantec Architecture / Holborn Group)

155 East 37th Avenue Vancouver Little Mountain

Artistic rendering of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Stantec Architecture / Holborn Group)

The total floor space area is 78,125-sq-ft, providing the property with a floor space ratio density of 3.73 times the size of its lot.

There will be two levels of underground parking with 52 vehicle parking stalls accessed from the laneway.

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Artistic rendering of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Stantec Architecture / Holborn Group)

155 East 37th Avenue Vancouver Little Mountain

Artistic rendering of 155 East 37th Avenue (Little Mountain) in Vancouver. (Stantec Architecture / Holborn Group)

When all phases of Holborn’s 15.2-acre Little Mountain redevelopment are complete, the project will entail 1,300 market housing units, 282 social housing units, community centre with daycare, retail and commercial space, and ample public spaces.

The redevelopment’s rezoning was approved in 2016, and the urban design principles were green lighted last year.

A small portion of the site is currently used for a three-storey modular housing structure with 46 units for the homeless. This temporary structure, completed in fall 2018, is expected to remain at the location for about three years, until plans for the site’s permanent development are ready.

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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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