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138 homes approved for site near Commercial-Broadway Station

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Kenneth Chan Sep 14, 2018 8:05 pm 1,954

More housing, guided by the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan, is coming to a site approximately one block southeast of SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station in East Vancouver.

Earlier this summer, Vancouver City Council approved a rezoning application for 1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive – a 29,000-sq-ft site at the northwest corner of the intersection of Victoria Drive and East 11th Avenue. It will replace all but one of the purpose-built single-family residences on the development site.

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Site of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Site of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Site of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

The 114-ft-tall, 11-storey application – spearheaded by local developer Intracorp and designed by Perkins+Will – called for 138 homes, including 72 secured market rental homes and 66 strata homes accessed by a shared residential entry.

The unit mix is 53 studio units, 24 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, and 19 three-bedroom units.

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

A 1910-built heritage home, known as the ‘Karme Residence’, with an Edwardian-era architectural style will be moved and retained on the site.

This four-storey, 3,200-sq-ft residence will be reconfigured to include three homes, and it will be designated as a Category “B” heritage house on the Vancouver Heritage Register.

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

Amenities for residents include an expansive rooftop deck with garden plots, kids play area, dining area, and a variety of seating.

The building’s facade is enhanced by a “rhythm” of bay windows, balconies, and landscaped ground floor patios.

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

“The south elevation introduces two contrasting architectural expressions. These are varied across the length of the streetscape to provide variety along the streetscape and reduce the perceived length of the building,” reads the design rationale.

“Bay windows and balconies were added to the individual entries for ground level homes to create a rhythm of front patios appropriate for a residential streetscape.”

Two-and-a-half underground levels will accommodate 116 vehicle parking stalls.

Overall, the project has a floor space ratio density of 3.59 times the size of its lot. A LEED Gold green building certification is being pursued.

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Site of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

1837-1857 East 11th Avenue and 2631-2685 Victoria Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1857 East 11th Avenue and 2685 Victoria Drive, Vancouver. (Perkins+Will / Intracorp)

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