Townhouse redevelopments are popping up all over Vancouver’s Cambie Corridor, particularly in the area near SkyTrain’s King Edward Station. The latest significant proposal calls for the replacement of five single-family homes with 50 townhouse units, plus two lock-off units.
The development site is located at 435 West 28th Avenue — a mid-block land assembly on the north side of the street between Cambie Street and Yukon Street.
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According to the development application by Intergulf Development, the project will create six blocks of two- and three-storey woodframe buildings, with a unit mix of 22 one-bedroom units on a single level, and 13 two-bedroom units and 15 three-bedroom units in a stacked level configuration. Two of the two-bedroom units will each have a single lock-off unit.
The buildings are organized around a 32-ft-wide interior courtyard framed by the outdoor patios of the units. The units in the three-storey buildings that face West 28th Avenue have private outdoor rooftop decks.
The laneway framing the northern edge of the site is activated by ground-level entrances for the units and private patios.
“The building form has been developed with a contemporary language of rowhouse forms that reflects its urban setting,” reads the design rationale by New Westminster-based Gateway Architecture.
“A simple use of material consisting of concealed fastened fibre cement board panels with reveals have been chosen to express the small scale residential nature of the building, and provide durable materials. Subtle use of colour has been used to enhance the individuality to the units.”
A single underground level contains 59 vehicle parking stalls and 112 secure bike parking spaces.
The redevelopment will create a total floor area of 44,881 sq. ft., generating a floor space ratio density of 1.2 times the size of the 37,400-sq-ft lot.
Intergulf is also behind the nearby proposal at 628 West 28th Avenue, just two blocks west. It calls for 62 townhouses within nine building blocks on the site of seven existing single-family homes.
Under the Cambie Corridor Plan, hundreds of single-family homes near King Edward Station are envisioned to become thousands of townhouse units over the next 30 years.