A multi-family redevelopment proposed for the Arbutus Ridge area in Vancouver’s Westside would be the first project of its kind in the immediate area of the intersection of West 20th Avenue and Arbutus Street.
PCI Developments has submitted a rezoning application for 3609-3687 Arbutus Street, which would replace five single-family homes on the west side of the street — opposite of the Arbutus Greenway — between West 20th Avenue and West 21st Avenue.
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The proposal, under the city’s Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy, envisions two six-storey buildings reaching up to 73 ft, with 116 market rental homes. The unit mix is four studio units, 66 one-bedroom units, 32 two-bedroom units, and 14 three-bedroom units.
Residents will have access to over 1,000 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space on the ground level, next to a courtyard space created between the buildings.
The rooftop of each building also offers a significant outdoor amenity space, complete with planting, children’s play spaces, urban agriculture, BBQ, and seating spaces.
“In response, and as per the City’s advice, the project has been split into two buildings, with the north building lower than the south building. The offsetting of the buildings follows the slope of the site, reduces the height, and minimizes grade changes between the sidewalk and the ground oriented units facing the street,” reads the design rationale by BHA Architecture.
“At the street and the lane, masonry portals are used to define balconies and anchor the building with elements that align with the scale of the neighbourhood.”
Two underground levels will accommodate 74 vehicle parking stalls and 227 bike parking spaces.
Both buildings combined create a total floor area of 83,534 sq. ft., resulting in a floor space ratio density of 2.53 times the size of the lot.