A modest residential development proposed for the South Granville area calls for 50 new homes within a 100-ft-tall, 11-storey building.
Anthem Properties’ development application seeks to redevelop a mid-block, 20,000-sq-ft site at 1520-1558 West 6th Avenue, just west of Granville Street. The property is currently occupied by low-rise commercial buildings.
Most of the units are designed with larger families in mind. The unit mix is one studio, nine one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units, and 16 three-bedroom units, contained within both mid-rise and low-rise elements. This includes seven dual-faced, three-storey townhomes sharing a common courtyard and a four-storey podium including townhomes at street level.
“The design exploration investigated several massing options with the proposed scheme preferred for several reasons. The quiet interplay of the low-rise and high-rise volumes creates a well-behaved building that provides a defined street edge,” reads the design rationale by Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects.
“The massing and material treatment of the building breaks the form into 2 distinctive L-shaped blocks to reduce its apparent mass, create visual interest and accentuate the verticality of the high-rise portion.”
Two underground levels will host 78 vehicle parking stalls. Overall, the project will create 65,000 sq ft. of floor area, giving it a floor space ratio density of 3.3 times the size of its lot.