281 rental homes proposed for Central Lonsdale in North Vancouver

Jun 12 2020, 7:56 pm

Central Lonsdale in North Vancouver City could see a major infusion of new secured market rental housing, including some affordable units.

Cressey Development has submitted a rezoning and development application for 250 15th Street East — the northwest corner of the intersection of St. Andrews Avenue and 15th Street East, located immediately north of Lions Gate Hospital and about three short blocks east of Lonsdale Avenue’s frequent transit network.

Currently, the site is occupied by a pair of 1964-built three-storey buildings containing 101 rental homes.

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Site of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Site of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Google Maps)

Designed by Bingham + Hill Architects, the proposal calls for three new rental housing buildings — two 12-storey buildings reaching up to 116 ft, and a single six-storey building.

The unit mix is 34 studios, 148 one-bedroom units, 44 two-bedroom units, and 57 three-bedroom units. A total of 28 units will be secured at 10% below-market rates.

Residents will have access to significant amenity spaces, including a unique indoor amenity space within a pedestrian bridge next to East 12th Avenue that connects the second levels of both 12-storey buildings.

This wide, glass-enclosed bridge will contain a games room, reception area, lounge, washrooms, and bookable event space. The rooftop of the bridge is also an outdoor amenity space with lounge and dining areas.

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

Additionally, the entire rooftop of the six-storey building is an outdoor amenity space with community garden plots, lounge area, outdoor dining and cooking areas, and a greenhouse with a washroom.

The development site will also incorporate a 24,600-sq-ft public park at its northeast corner, with the new buildings to the west and south framing the green space.

The city will purchase the land for the park at a cost of $1.32 million, but it is exploring the efficiencies, shorter construction timeline, and lower construction costs of having the developer build the public space as part of their redevelopment. The construction cost of the park is estimated at $1.3 million, with the final design to be created through a separate public consultation process.

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Layout of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Preliminary conceptual design of the city-owned public park at 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (City of North Vancouver)

Public access rights-of-way through the development will enhance pedestrian connections to the park.

“The project’s form was derived from the overall goal of creating a dynamic rental community within the development while also contributing to the public realm,” reads the architect’s design rationale.

“Dynamic amenity spaces, including bridges and large indoor rooftop multi-function space with accompanying outdoor terrace are available for residents to use. These areas are emphasized in the architectural massing and materiality, heavily contributing to the overall project aesthetic. Public passageways at ground level and highly glazed areas of amenity activity create an activated streetscape for the enjoyment of residents and the public alike. ”

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

250 15th Street East North Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 250 15th Street East, North Vancouver. (Bingham + Hill Architects / Cressey Development)

Two underground levels will contain 266 vehicle parking stalls and 474 bike parking spaces.

The total floor area of the redevelopment is 240,000 sq. ft., giving it a floor space ratio density of 2.95 times the size of its 81,500-sq-ft lot.

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