Taller heights proposed for old TransLink bus depot redevelopment in Vancouver

May 13 2020, 1:46 pm

Some modest changes have been made to the rezoning application for the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment in Vancouver.

Modern Green Canada’s revised application shows taller tower heights, specifically around the redevelopment’s southern perimeter fronting West 41st Avenue, with a previous 220-ft-tall, 22-storey condominium tower becoming a 270-ft-tall, 26-storey tower.

This largely amounts to a reallocation of the density to create more efficient uses for each type of housing.

A total of 300 units of social housing were previously scattered between two buildings — six storeys and 18 storeys — on two different sites near West 41st Avenue, but instead they have been consolidated to a parcel near the southeast corner of the redevelopment within two six-storey buildings and a 12-storey building.

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

As a result of the redistribution, the 18-storey social housing tower is now being used for condominiums that were planned for the new social housing cluster.

The height changes also align with the new height precedent set for the mixed-use residential and institutional redevelopment of the Jewish Community Centre across the street at the southeast corner of the intersection of Oak Street and West 41st Avenue.

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May 2020 site and heights plan of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

In addition to the residential redistribution, there will be a net increase of commercial space from the original proposal’s 15,000 sqft to 24,000 sqft, located mainly along the West 41st Avenue frontage.

The project’s total floor area is now 1.444 million sqft, an increase of about 11,000 sqft There is no increase in market residential floor area, which will create 1,149 condominiums and 180 secured market rental units, including 45 moderate-income rental units.

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

Other components of the project, designed by James Cheng Architects, remain unchanged, including the overall form and the extension of public streets into the site, and the inclusion of an 8,500-sq-ft childcare facility for 69 children and vast public and open spaces, such as a two-acre central public park with a sports field.

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

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May 2020 artistic rendering of the Oakridge Transit Centre redevelopment. (James Cheng Architects / Modern Green Canada)

After the opening of Vancouver Transit Centre near the north end of the Arthur Laing Bridge in 2006, the old bus depot was used by TransLink for mainly storage purposes until 2016, when it was sold to Modern Green for $440 million and storage uses were transferred to the new Hamilton Transit Centre in Richmond.

City Council approved the policy statement for the redevelopment in 2015, and the proponents submitted a rezoning application in August 2019.