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11-storey rental housing building set to replace Main Street's Narrow Lounge

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Kenneth Chan Jan 30, 2019 9:38 am 810

A development application to turn the city block at the southeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and East 2nd Avenue into a 106-ft-tall, 11-storey rental housing building is expected to see approval.

Cressey Development’s application calls for 129 secured for-profit affordable rental housing units at 1800-1898 Main Street, in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant district, which is currently occupied by a number of small businesses, including The Narrow Lounge.

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

Site of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

Site of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The unit mix is 34 studio units, 50 one-bedroom units, 35 two-bedroom units, and 10 three-bedroom units.

There would also be 11,100-sq-ft of commercial space on the ground level for retail and restaurant uses.

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

The building would replace all of the structures within the triangular-shaped, 18,700-sq-ft city block framed by Main Street to the west, East 2nd Avenue to the northeast, and East 3rd Avenue to the south.

A total of 93 vehicle parking spaces are slated for three underground levels. With 94,000 sq. ft. of total floor area, the floor space ratio density of the proposal is 5.02 times the size of its lot.

City Council approved the project’s rezoning application in July 2018, and the recently submitted development application shows a modified design with an altered facade.

2017 rezoning application

Image by: Francl Architecture

2019 development application design

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

This building, designed by Francl Architecture, is defined by the municipal government as one of two gateway building sites on the north end of the Main Street corridor between East 2nd Avenue and East 7th Avenue.

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

Site of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver, and future redevelopments. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

1800-1898 Main Street Vancouver

January 2019 artistic rendering of 1800-1898 Main Street, Vancouver, and future surrounding properties. (Francl Architecture / Cressey Development)

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