New residential building with industrial space proposed for East Vancouver

Apr 30 2019, 8:48 pm

Many of the region’s new development proposals with light manufacturing spaces are mixed with office space, but a new proposal for East Vancouver uniquely aims to include residential space.

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Onni Group has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to turn a 26,500-sq-ft industrial property 560 Raymur Avenue — the southeast corner of the intersection of East Pender Avenue and Raymur Avenue — into a new 70-ft-tall, five-storey building with 12,763-sq-ft of manufacturing space on the ground level and 59 strata-titled homes within the upper levels.

The residential unit mix is 39 two-bedroom units and 20 three-bedroom units.

560 Raymur Avenue Vancouver

Site of 560 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

560 Raymur Avenue Vancouver

Site of 560 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

“The proposed development uses the divergent intersection of residential and light industrial neighbourhoods as a starting point. The building combines a ground level, creative manufacturing podium with family-oriented residential units above,” reads the design rationale by Yamamoto Architecture.

“Full height ground level glazing opens up the creative manufacturing uses to pedestrian traffic. The merging of residential and industrial is reflected thematically in both the cladding and forms of the upper woodframe levels; simple massing volumes are emphasized through the directional patterns of corrugated metal cladding.”

560 Raymur Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 560 Raymur Avenue, Vancouver. (Yamamoto Architecture / Onni Group)

Two underground levels will contain 97 vehicle parking stalls. Overall, the total floor area spans 77,780-sq-ft, creating a floor space ratio density of 2.94 times the size of the lot.

The proposed development site is framed by a freight railway to the east that leads to the port, and the Stamps Place social housing development to the west. A pedestrian overpass that crosses above the railway is located along the south of the site.

This project is being rezoned concurrently with Onni Group’s redevelopment proposal for 1220-1298 East Hastings Street, also designed by the same architectural firm.

Both proposals are being considered under the city’s Downtown Eastside Area Plan and the Rezoning Policy for the Downtown Eastside.

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