New rental building with affordable units proposed for Kitsilano

Mar 5 2019, 10:17 pm

A new redevelopment proposal for Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood calls for the redevelopment of the 1970s-built St. Marks Church with new rental housing.

On behalf of Jameson Developments, Metric Architecture has submitted a rezoning application to turn the church site at 1805 Larch Street — the southwest corner of Larch Street and West 2nd Avenue — into a 66-ft-tall, five-storey building with 63 secured rental units under the city’s Moderate Income Rental Housing Pilot Program (MIRHPP).

1805 Larch Street Vancouver

Site of 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver. (Metric Architecture / Jameson Developments)

1805 Larch Street Vancouver

Site of 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver. (Metric Architecture / Jameson Developments)

Under the MIRHPP, at least 20% of the rental housing floor area must be set aside for moderate income households, defined as those earning between $30,000 and $80,000 per year.

The unit mix is 19 studios, 16 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, and eight three-bedroom units. Residents will have access to amenities such as a rooftop patio.

1805 Larch Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver. (Metric Architecture / Jameson Developments)

1805 Larch Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1805 Larch Street, Vancouver. (Metric Architecture / Jameson Developments)

“The site and its use, couples with position and mature landscape afford us a unique opportunity to allow a greater density for the benefit of moderate income families under this limited pilot policy,” reads the application.

“We have designed a sensitive contextual residential building and believe there will be very little disturbance for neighbours compared to some of the large events that the current St Marks, and all parking will be within the building curtilage. The landscaping is key, and most of it will remain to continue the mature boulevard of trees that are the character of the area providing backdrop and privacy.”

A total floor area of 45,000 sq. ft. will be created on the 17,700-sq-ft lot, giving the project a floor space ratio density of 2.54 times the size of its lot. There will also be 56 vehicle parking spaces located underground.

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