6-storey Vancouver Coastal Health care facility proposed for Cambie Corridor

Jan 3 2020, 2:24 pm

Another portion of the Pearson Dogwood redevelopment on the Cambie Street Corridor in Vancouver has reached its development application stage, but this latest parcel is for a new Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) facility.

dys Architecture’s application for 650 West 57th Avenue calls for a new Dogwood Residential Care Complex, replacing the site’s ageing facilities.

The new 86-ft-tall, six-storey building includes a social services centre and adult daycare on the ground level, and a community care facility with 150 beds within the upper levels.

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Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

650 West 57th Avenue vancouver pearson Dogwood Complex Residential Care

Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

Each resident level features a large shared balcony linked to every cluster of units, overlooking the new public plaza to the north.

The total floor area is about 111,000 sq. ft., providing the building with a floor space ratio density of 2.57 times the size of the 43,200-sq-ft lot. One underground level also contains 44 vehicle parking stalls.

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Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

650 West 57th Avenue vancouver pearson Dogwood Complex Residential Care

Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

When fully complete, the 25-acre redevelopment of the Pearson Dogwood site will total 3.2 million sq. ft. of total floor area, including dozens of buildings reaching up to 28 storeys. There will be close to 3,000 homes of varying types such as market condominiums, market rental housing, non-market rental housing, and supportive units.

Roughly 100,000 sq. ft. of local-serving retail and restaurant space is planned, as well as a 69-space childcare facility, and ample public and green spaces, including a centrally-located 2.5-acre public park, one-acre urban farm, and a network of pathways across the entire site.

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Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

Local developer Onni Group is behind the redevelopment, after acquiring the property from VCH in 2015. Records show that the specific parcel of property for the new care home changed hands in early 2019 in a deal worth $8.9 million.

VCH plans to build over 210,000 sq. ft. of expanded and replacement health-related facilities at Pearson Dogwood, including both the care home and a new community health centre.

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Artistic rendering of the new Dogwood Residential Care Complex on the Pearson Dogwood site at 650 West 57th Avenue, Vancouver. (dys Architecture / Vancouver Coastal Health)

In exchange for the site’s 2017 rezoning, Onni Group is required to provide a $20-million contribution towards the cost of building a new additional Canada Line station at 57th Avenue. A public plaza on the property at the northwest corner of the intersection of Cambie Street and 57th Avenue is reserved for a future station entrance.

But it remains to be seen whether this underground station can feasibly be built given that TransLink in 2014 estimated the cost of the new underground station on an active subway to be $90 million. The engineering complexities may require a construction timeline of at least 10 years.