156 rental homes proposed near Oakridge-41st Avenue Station

May 15 2020, 8:40 pm

A sizeable secured market rental housing complex has been proposed for the emerging Oakridge Town Centre area in Vancouver.

GBL Architects has submitted a rezoning application to turn 208-232 West 41st Avenue — the southwest corner of the intersection of West 41st Avenue and Columbia Street — into a new 169-ft-tall, 16-storey mixed-use tower.

The site, currently occupied by three single-family lots, is just two blocks east of SkyTrain’s Oakridge-41st Avenue Station and Oakridge Centre shopping mall.

208-232 West 41st Avenue Vancouver

Site of 208-232 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

208-232 West 41st Avenue Vancouver

Site of 208-232 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

There will be 156 secured market rental homes, with a unit mix of 23 studio units, 80 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, and 11 three-bedroom units.

Residents will have access to a 2,700-sq-ft outdoor amenity deck on the rooftop of the podium on the seventh level, as well as 2,400 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space and 1,800 sq. ft. of outdoor amenity space on the 16th floor.

On the ground level, approximately 7,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space will help establish this area of West 41st Avenue as a retail village, as a result of incremental redevelopment in the area as guided by the municipality’s Cambie Corridor Plan.

208-232 West 41st Avenue Vancouver

Cambie Corridor Plan for 208-232 West 41st Avenue. (City of Vancouver)

“The overall aesthetic of the building uses a minimal material palette to bring a cohesion to what is an already dynamic form of massing due to the various setbacks,” reads the architect’s design rationale.

“The verticals shown on the East and West of the tower are mimicked on the North side of the podium in the form of screens. These screens double as a sound buffer for the residential units to the busy West 41st Avenue traffic.”

208-232 West 41st Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 208-232 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

208-232 West 41st Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 208-232 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver. (GBL Architects)

Three underground levels will accommodate 95 vehicle parking stalls and 290 bike parking spaces.

The total floor area is 132,303 sq. ft., providing the building with a floor space ratio of 5.84 times the size of its 22,643-sq-ft lot.