107 rental homes proposed for former Safeway on Fraser Street in Vancouver

Feb 4 2020, 2:48 pm

The former Safeway lot at 7280 Fraser Street — the northeast corner of the intersection of Fraser Street and East 57th Avenue — could become a mixed-use redevelopment with market rental housing and commercial space.

Cornerstore Architecture on behalf of a single developer has submitted two rezoning applications for the old grocery store at 7280 Fraser Street, and an adjacent lot with ground-level parking at 724 East 56th Avenue.

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Sites of 7280 Fraser Street (red) and 724 East 56th Avenue (green) in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Sites of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

The main lot will be redeveloped into a 67-ft-tall, six-storey building with 95 secured market rental homes, with a unit mix of 40 studio units, 21 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units, and 14 three-bedroom units. Some of these residential units are located on the ground level in the laneway.

The ground level of this building will also accommodate 8,200 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space to activate the Fraser Street frontage.

Across the existing laneway, the smaller lot will be turned into a pair of three-storey stacked townhouse buildings, creating 12 secured market rental units.

Both lots will create 107 secured market rental homes combined.

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

Two underground levels in the building of the main lot will host 89 vehicle parking stalls and 213 bike parking spaces, including 18 vehicle parking stalls and 28 bike parking spaces to serve the adjacent townhouse component.

The main lot development’s total floor area is 84,661 sq. ft. with a floor space ratio density of 3.17 times the size of the 25,400-sq-ft lot, while the smaller lot will have a total floor area of 12,100 sq. ft. for a floor space ratio density of 1.4 times the 8,200-sq-ft lot.

All buildings in both applications are targeting the Passive House green building standard.

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

“This proposal represents revitalization of currently underutilized land, occupied by an aging energy inefficient commercial building and parking lot in poor condition. The development will increase the supply of housing, specifically market rental housing,” reads the design rationale.

“To assist with the scale of the building, materiality changes occur often, visually grouping certain groups and stacks of suite types, to help the building read in separate smaller volumes and deconstruct its size.”

Both applications are being considered under the city’s Affordable Housing Choices Interim Rezoning Policy.

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)

7280 Fraser Street 724 East 56th Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 7280 Fraser Street and 724 East 56th Avenue in Vancouver. (Cornerstone Architecture)