Over the next few years, Vancouver City Council will guide the rezoning and redevelopment of the 25.4-acre Vancouver Coastal Health-owned and operated Pearson Dogwood site bordered by 57th Avenue to the north, Cambie Street to the east, 59th Avenue to the south and Heather Street to the west.
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The massive redevelopment will also potentially incorporate the construction of an additional underground Canada Line station at 57th Avenue and Cambie Street.
The Pearson Dogwood site currently houses aging health care facilities that date back as old as the 1950s, including a building that was built to combat tuberculosis and later on a polio epidemic but is now used to treat adults living with a range of brain and spinal related injuries. Another facility also houses seniors requiring around the clock complex care.
Vancouver Coastal Health intends to redevelop the site as a strategy of leveraging capital funds from the project’s market-oriented redevelopment to fund the complete renewal, replacement and expansion of these existing and aging health facilities and to provide funding for additional health care services that will abolish the institutional model of health care.
2,460 of the 3,083 residential units proposed will be for market housing and the City of Vancouver has stipulated that at least 25 per cent of these market housing units must be large enough for families. City officials estimate about 20 per cent of these market units will be rented by their individual owners – it will contribute towards the city’s goal of creating more rental housing stock.
The remaining 623 units will be purposed to deliver a range of diverse housing options:
- Long-term residential care, requiring medical support: 150 units
- Supportive housing that assists tenants with stabilizing their lives: 93 units
- Family non-market housing, for low-income families: 80 units
- Seniors non-market, low-income: 65 units
- Market rental: 235 units
A 69-space City-owned childcare facility and the relocation of the YMCA from its nearby Langara College location to an expanded facility at Pearson Dogwood are among the proposed on-site amenities for the new sustainably built, high-density community. The YMCA will have an aquatic centre, gym and multi-purpose spaces and will be a part of the community health hub.
Minor commercial uses within the redevelopment such as cafes, a small grocery store, pharmacy and medical offices are to serve the basic needs of the neighbourhood.
Proponents hope to achieve a 2.8 floor space ratio density with approximately 3.1-million square feet of floor area across all residential, commercial and health-care related developments on the site. A combination of low-rises and high-rises ranging from 3-storeys to up to 28-storeys have been proposed.
In addition to all the development, new City-owned streets will be built through the site along with a network of pedestrian-only connections. A promenade, major 2.5-acre park and adjacent plaza will be the centrepiece to the site’s extensive public spaces. Urban farming, edible landscaping and the retention of existing trees are being considered for incorporation.
Vancouver Coastal Health has offered to help fund the construction of a new underground Canada Line station at 57th Avenue and Cambie Street. The new station is seen as a requirement to accommodate the transportation needs of the area’s new residents spurred by the Pearson Dogwood redevelopment.
The Canada Line was built with the ability to add future stations at 33rd Avenue, 57th Avenue, Capstan Way, and YVR Terminal East – the tracks at these four areas were built relatively flat and straight in anticipation of future stations.
The project follows other high-density redevelopments along the Cambie Street/Canada Line corridor: it is wedged by the massive redevelopment and expansion of Oakridge Centre and the new cluster of towers and commercial-retail hub at Marine Drive.
Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Renderings
Images: Vancouver Coastal Health