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17-storey tower with 131 rental homes proposed for West Vancouver

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Kenneth Chan May 13, 2019 1:52 pm 2,261

If approved, this proposal could be one of the most significant additions to West Vancouver’s rental housing supply in years.

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A rezoning application has been submitted to the municipal government to turn a 1.9-acre vacant infill site at 1552 Esquimalt Avenue — the southwest corner of the intersection of 15 Street and Esquimalt Avenue — into a 170-ft-tall, 17-storey tower with 131 rental apartments.

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Site of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

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Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

This new additional tower — designed by Buttjes Architecture — will effectively expand the 1970-built, 21-storey Ambleside Towers complex, increasing its number of rental units from 185 to 316.

The unit mix in the new tower is 16 studio units, 60 one-bedroom units, 54 two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit.

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Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

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Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

Parking will be increased from 183 to 208 vehicle stalls within the underground parkade.

Overall, the development calls for 100,200-sq-ft of new floor area, which would increase the property’s floor area ratio — including the existing tower — to 246,545-sq-ft, giving it a floor area ratio density of 2.99 times the size of the lot.

Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

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Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

1552 Esquimalt Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

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Site of the new rental tower addition for 1552 Esquimalt Avenue, West Vancouver. (Buttjes Architecture)

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