New 4-storey retail and office building proposed for Granville Entertainment District

Feb 20 2019, 3:24 am

The Granville Entertainment District in downtown Vancouver continues to evolve, as an almost half-city block sized redevelopment has been proposed for the 900 block of Granville Street.

A development application submitted to the City of Vancouver by Bonnis Properties seeks to redevelop three properties at 952-968 Granville Street — occupied by two relatively new two- and three-storey retail buildings — with a new four-storey commercial building.

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Altogether, the three lots span an area of 21,000 sq. ft. and are bookended by The Roxy Cabaret to the north and the retail building with 7-Eleven and Tim Hortons to the south.

950 Granville Street Vancouver

Site of 950 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Bonnis Properties)

950 Granville Street Vancouver

Site of 950 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Bonnis Properties)

The proposal designed by Perkins + Will envisions over 47,000 sq. ft. of retail space on the first three levels and 16,501 sq. ft. of office space on the fourth level. The building’s total floor area including support spaces is about 72,000 sq. ft.

A total of 102 vehicle parking stalls are planned for three underground levels accessed from the laneway.

Preliminary drawings of the application indicate an exterior design entailing glass, screen terracotta, and a variety of cladding.

950 Granville Street Vancouver

Drawing of 950 Granville Street, Vancouver. (Perkins + Will / Bonnis Properties)

The amalgamated lot is currently occupied by 2006- and 2012-built retail buildings that currently host businesses such as Republic Nightclub, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Harvey’s Burgers, Ardene, and Aldo outlet store.

The combined assessed value of all three properties is in excess of $39 million.

Bonnis Properties also owns the old Tom Lee building directly across the street, which has been converted into a Spaces co-working office location that will temporarily house Deloitte’s Vancouver corporate office. Its portfolio in the area includes the retail building at 798 Granville Street, which is best known for Best Buy and Winners, as well as an upcoming retail and office building proposal at 600 Robson Street.

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