A new rezoning application has been submitted to build a 116-ft-tall, eight-storey commercial building about a five-minute walk west of SkyTrain’s Marine Drive Station.
Proscenium Architecture & Interiors’ proposal is for 750 Southwest Marine Drive — the southeast corner of the intersection of Marine Drive and Aisne Street, currently occupied by Once A Tree Furniture.
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The application envisions 18,281 sq. ft. of light industrial space on the first two levels, 6,154 sq. ft. of ground level retail space fronting Marine Drive, and 65,160 sq. ft. of office space within the upper levels.
Building tenants will have access to indoor and outdoor amenity spaces on the top floor.
“Building on the evolving street character, the ground level experience of the building is differentiated by a slight setback of the massing and a materiality difference with more glazing and wood grain panels. This serves to highlight the street facing retail and light industrial spaces, and creates a building scale that relates to pedestrians,” reads the design rationale.
“The massing is further articulated into two extruded boxes with more transparent facades where they face onto Southwest Marine Drive and the laneway.”
Furthermore, a significant setback along Southwest Marine Drive creates not only a large area for landscaping and pedestrians, but also a buffer zone to the busy street edge.
Three underground levels will accommodate 99 vehicle parking stalls and 62 bike parking spaces.
The total floor area is about 89,400 sq. ft., creating a floor space ratio density of 4.94 times the size of the 18,100 sq. ft. lot.
If approved, the construction period will create 450 jobs, and upon completion there will be enough office and light industrial employment space for up to 500 people.