Long-vacant East Broadway building damaged by fire to be turned into rental homes

Apr 17 2020, 7:21 pm

Nearly six years after it was gutted by fire and left abandoned, a development application has been submitted to the City of Vancouver to rebuild 748 East Broadway, located just east of the intersection of Fraser Street and East Broadway in Mount Pleasant.

Stuart Howard Architects’ proposal calls for the retainment and restoration of the 1912-built, three-storey building’s heritage facade facing East Broadway.┬áThis is a Class-C listed heritage building.

But the rear portion of the structure — damaged beyond repair — will be demolished to allow for a new 45-ft-tall, four-storey building.

748 East Broadway Vancouver

Site of 748 East Broadway, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

748 East Broadway Vancouver

Site of 748 East Broadway, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

There will be 18 secured market rental homes, with a unit mix of 10 studios and eight one-bedroom units, and about 1,100 sq. ft. of ground-level retail space, which is split into two small storefront units by the heritage residential entry.

Even though the project is working with an exceptionally small and narrow footprint, the design fits in an internal courtyard outdoor amenity space that centres the front and rear blocks of the residential units.

748 East Broadway Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 748 East Broadway, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

748 East Broadway Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 748 East Broadway, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

“We believe that our proposal reinforces City policies aimed at the retention and restoration of existing heritage asset buildings, in order to maintain an architectural style and building form consistent with the historical character of the area,” reads the application.

Three vehicle parking stalls will be located in the laneway, while 28 bike parking spaces will be located inside near the rear of the ground level.

The proposed total floor area is 12,033 sq. ft., giving the project a floor space ratio density of 2.98 times the size of the 4,032-sq-ft lot.

748 East Broadway Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 748 East Broadway, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

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