New buildings with college and office proposed next to Renfrew Station

Jan 16 2020, 2:52 pm

More office and institutional buildings could be added to a site next to SkyTrain’s Renfrew Station in East Vancouver.

A development application has been submitted by The Molnar Group to turn a 73,000-sq-ft lot at 2710 Kaslo Street — currently occupied by a ground-level parking lot — into a pair of mid-rise commercial buildings.

The proposal calls for an 88-ft-tall, seven-storey office building with 134,431 sq. ft. of total floor area, and a 96-ft-tall, six-storey building with 87,746 sq. ft. of total floor area for university or college uses.

2710 Kaslo Street Vancouver

Site of 2710 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. (Cotala)

2710 Kaslo Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2710 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group / The Molnar Group)

Both buildings will share a two-storey podium, with the school building featuring a south-facing courtyard.

“Semi-public college functions, a retail store, and the office lobby animate the public open space at grade,” reads the design rationale by IBI Group.

“There is continuous weather protection along the public open space. The office lobby occupies the corner at Kaslo Street and the internal open space. The south elevation of the buildings are sculpted to provide a varied massing along the open space intended to animate the space.”

2710 Kaslo Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2710 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group / The Molnar Group)

2710 Kaslo Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2710 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group / The Molnar Group)

Altogether, the entire complex will create 212,700 sq. ft. of floor area, giving the project a floor space ratio density of three times the size of its lot.

Two underground levels will contain nearly 300 vehicle parking stalls.

This development site is located next to LaSalle College, Renfrew Centre, and Broadway Tech Centre, as well as The Molnar Group’s upcoming two-building rental housing project with 178 secured new rental units and ground-level retail. This moderate income rental housing development was recently approved by city council.

2710 Kaslo Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 2710 Kaslo Street, Vancouver. (IBI Group / The Molnar Group)