51 new homes proposed near Canada Line's Langara-49th Avenue Station

Mar 1 2019, 1:41 am

Three single-family dwellings just across from Langara YMCA could be replaced by a new 62-ft-tall, four-storey, mixed-use building.

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A development application submitted by Matthew Cheng Architects seeks to turn the site at 319-359 West 49th Avenue — the northwest corner of the intersection of West 49th Avenue and Alberta Street, on the opposite end of the same city block with the Canada Line’s Langara-49th Avenue Station entrance — into a redevelopment with 51 market residential units and 8,200 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space.

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Matthew Cheng Architects)

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Site of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The residential unit mix is 10 studio units, 25 one-bedroom units, 11 two-bedroom units, and five three-bedroom units.

Two underground levels will accommodate 56 vehicle parking stalls.

The first level containing the commercial spaces will be a concrete structure, and the upper three levels will be a wood frame.

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Matthew Cheng Architects)

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Matthew Cheng Architects)

Altogether, the land assembly lot is about 21,700 sq. ft. in size. With a total floor area of over 58,300 sq. ft., the floor space ratio density of the project is 2.24 times the size of the lot.

The application is permitted under the municipal government’s Cambie Corridor Plan, which calls for densification along this area of West 49th Avenue — between Cambie Street and Ontario Street. Active commercial uses on the ground level facing the arterial street are required for this four-block-long span of the street.

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Matthew Cheng Architects)

319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 319-359 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. (Matthew Cheng Architects)

Higher densities of up to 10 storeys are permitted for sites closer to the Canada Line station, including a lot immediately east of the station entrance that is currently on the market for sale.

The location of this proposed development is also near Langara YMCA, which is planning a major redevelopment with expanded recreational facilities and new housing, as well as the 21-acre redevelopment of Langara Gardens with 2,100 new homes and the 25.4-acre redevelopment of Pearson Dogwood with about 3,000 homes.

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