109 homes proposed for corner of Broadway and Nanaimo in Vancouver

Sep 5 2019, 4:00 pm

The area around the intersection of East Broadway and Nanaimo Street in East Vancouver continues to see new project proposals, with the latest being a city block-sized proposal near the northwest corner.

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Porte Homes has submitted a rezoning application for 2406-2488 Garden Drive, which currently encompasses lots occupied by eight single-family dwellings between East Broadway and East 8th Avenue.

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Site of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Site of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The proposal is to construct two six-storey, mixed-use buildings reaching a height of up to 70 ft, creating 109 units of market housing. The unit mix is 24 studios, 30 one-bedroom units, 38 two-bedroom units, and 17 three-bedroom units, and there will be shared tenant amenities between the two buildings.

The redevelopment’s north building will be entirely residential, while the south building’s ground floor will include about 5,900 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, effectively activating the East Broadway frontage.

As well, a handful of residential units will have entries in the laneway to encourage pedestrian use and treat the laneway “like a street.”

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

“The character of the development follows the contemporary style of the emerging architecture along Broadway. Creating an incremental quality to the perceived development of the block is an important consideration in the design and contribution to the diversity of the streetscape,” reads the design rationale by Integra Architecture.

“The massing of the South building is articulated through the use of materials as well as with overhangs and balcony elements. The commercial space incorporates a simple brick structure with large glazed openings. Steel and glass canopies further articulate and enhance these openings that are envisioned to house restaurant and retail businesses commensurate with the popular uses of the existing neighbourhood.”

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

On the other hand, the north building will have a “H-plan typology” to give the structure the appearance of three smaller massings. It is designed with colours and materials that represent a West Coast character.

“The design of this building is a little more playful than for the South building, reflective of its residential use and transition to the surrounding neighbourhood,” continues the rationale.”

Altogether, the buildings will have 118 vehicle parking stalls and 261 bike parking spaces within two underground levels.

There will be a combined total floor area is approximately 97,000 sq. ft., giving the project a floor space ratio of 2.83 times the size of its 34,000 sq. ft. lot.

The proposal falls under the city’s Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2406-2488 Garden Drive, Vancouver. (Integra Architecture / Porte Homes)

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