A first glimpse at the preliminary conceptual design of the redevelopment for the now-closed Chevron gas station site on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver shows a residential tower with approximately 35 storeys.
Local developer Anthem Properties acquired the corner 16,369 sq. ft. property at 1698 West Georgia Street in spring 2017, and the gas station was quickly closed and demolished after the finalization of the transaction worth $72 million. It was one of six gas stations within the City of Vancouver that Chevron divested over the past two years.
A newsletter recently released by the developer highlighting its current projects indicates internationally renowned New York City-based Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF) is behind the design work for the redevelopment. The firm’s past work includes the new 5 World Trade Centre tower in NYC and International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong.
This is KPF’s second project in Vancouver; it also designed the upcoming 377-ft-tall, 30-storey office tower that will replace the old parkade at 320 Granville Street, right across from Waterfront Station.
Preliminary plans for the former Vancouver gas station site, which occupies roughly one-third of the city block, call for about 120 homes and extensive greenery on the facade.
As for the other two-third block-sized parcel, White Spot sold its prized restaurant property to a Chinese buyer for $245 million in December 2017. Redevelopment plans for this site have not been made public.
Other towers proposed or approved for the area include:
- Westbank and Revery Architecture’s (Bing Thom Architects) 39-storey “exoskeleton” tower at 1684 Alberni Street, right across the street from the Chevron gas station
- Westbank and Kengo Kuma’s 40-storey ‘carved’ tower at 1550 Alberni Street
- Bosa Properties and Henriquez Partners Architects’ 26-storey ‘scaly’ tower at 1575 West Georgia Street
- James Cheng’s 46-storey flat iron tower at 1455 West Georgia Street
- Bosa Properties and Ole Scheeren’s 43-storey ‘Jenga’ tower at 1500 West Georgia Street
- White Spot on Georgia Street sold to Chinese company for $245 million
- West Georgia Chevron gas station sold for $72 million
- 'Jenga' tower in downtown Vancouver officially approved by City Council
- 39-storey tower with 'exoskeleton' exterior proposed for West End
- Iconic 56-storey pipe-organ tower approved by Vancouver City Council
- Goodbye glass: New York-style condo towers proposed for Vancouver's West End
- Inside the world's tallest hybrid timber tower in Vancouver (PHOTOS)
- 46-storey 'flat iron' tower proposed for Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver
- Vancouver's landmark twin towers could begin construction in 2019 (RENDERINGS)
- Lamp-inspired office tower in downtown Vancouver approved by City Council