In June 2017, the low-storey buildings at the northwest corner of the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Maple Street in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood went up in flames, destroying seven businesses.
The property has been sitting vacant ever since the fire, but there are now signs of activity to develop the site.
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A new rezoning application has been submitted by Panther Group, Gustavson Wylie Architects, and M Moser Associates for 2001-2037 West 41st Avenue, which includes both the aforementioned vacant corner site and the adjacent Salvation Army Thrift Store building. Records show these properties were acquired for $26 million in 2018.
The grounds of Point Grey Secondary School are immediately north of the site.
The proposal is for a new six-storey, mixed-use building, with 41 secured market rental homes within the upper three levels. This application is being considered under the city’s Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy.
The unit mix is 15 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, and six three-bedroom units. All of the homes have generously sized private balconies, which is one of the main defining architectural features of the design.
The third level has 6,700 sq. ft. of co-tutoring space integrated with the second level’s 10,500 sq. ft. of childcare space. Both of these co-tutoring and childcare levels also have expansive outdoor decks on the building’s terraces facing the laneway, totalling 4,600 sq. ft. of outdoor space for children.
On the ground level facing West 41st Avenue, there are four retail and restaurant units totalling 6,840 sq. ft. of commercial space. Separate lobby entrance spaces for the rental floors and co-tutoring/childcare floors are located along Maple Street.
This sleek, contemporary building design features metal panels and aluminum fins for its facade.
Two full underground levels and a mezzanine level will contain 47 vehicle parking stalls and 65 bike parking spaces.
The total floor area is 53,600 sq. ft. for a floor space ratio density of 3.5 times the size of the 15,310 sq. ft. lot.