There is a new transit-oriented redevelopment proposal for the future westernmost end of SkyTrain’s Millennium Line Broadway Extension.
Bastion Properties has submitted two separate applications to redevelop the 28,750-sq-ft lot of the Shell gas station at northwest corner of the intersection of Arbutus Street and West Broadway.
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This site is immediately adjacent to the future Arbutus Station and 99 B-Line bus exchange, which is planned for the intersection’s northeast corner, currently with a Rogers building and a vacant lot.
The proposal is being pushed forward as two separate development applications totalling 84 new homes, plus commercial space. Both applications are designed by Francl Architecture.
The application for the main gas station site to the south at 2103 West Broadway calls for a 120-ft-tall, 11-storey, mixed-use building.
There will be 79 condominium homes in this tower, with a unit mix of 40 one-bedroom units, 36 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units. A number of amenity spaces will be provided to residents, including a significant outdoor amenity with a swimming pool on the rooftop of the podium.
As well, about 4,800 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space will occupy the ground level along West Broadway. In anticipation for the pedestrian traffic near the major transit hub, there will be generous building setbacks of four metres from the property line along West Broadway to accommodate wider sidewalks and a public plaza.
“The corner is anchored by a three-storey high open air plaza at the intersection of the two streets, alleviating the congestion of pedestrian traffic anticipated after the future completion of the rapid transit interchange/station across the street,” reads the architect’s design rationale.
“The architectural character of the proposed building reflects a clean, contemporary design vocabulary utilizing a combination of light/dark cut stone cladding and complementary glass panel spandrel window walls. At ground level, retail activity is encouraged by provision of large unobstructed windows across the full width of the commercial space. Light coloured composite metal panelling is used to provide feature treatment at the midrise corners and second level town homes, providing a visual anchor to the building and further unifying the disparate scales of the building podium level and the mid-rise component sub-typologies.”
This redevelopment at the main gas station site at 2103 West Broadway will have a total floor area of 75,900 sq. ft., creating a floor space ratio density of 3.3 times the size of the 23,000-sq-ft lot. It includes a heritage density bonus of 10%.
Rooftop solar panels will power the building’s common areas.
For the smaller, attached, 5,750-sq-ft site to the north at 2106 West 8th Avenue, replacing a paved surface of the gas station, there will be a three-storey building with five townhouse units. The total floor area is 8,338 sq. ft., providing this portion of the redevelopment with a floor space ratio of 1.45 times the size of the lot.
“The proposed development is situated in the urban transition zone between the more development-intensive mixed-use C3-A district, encompassing the southern half of the full block, and the distinctly pedestrian scale and character of the RM-4 zone on the northern half of the block,” reads the application.
Two underground levels with 120 vehicle parking stalls and about 100 bike parking spaces at the main tower site covers the parking supply of both buildings. A new laneway between the tower and townhouse buildings provides access to the parkade.
The municipality’s Development Permit Board is scheduled to consider both applications in February 2021. Construction on the subway is scheduled to begin later this fall for an opening in 2025.