The southeast corner of the prominent intersection of Kingsway and Joyce Street in East Vancouver could be redeveloped into a mixed-use building with rental housing.
Local developer Hudson and design firm Yamamoto Architecture have submitted a rezoning application for 3304 Kingsway, replacing the 7-Eleven convenience store building currently at the site.
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Their proposal, named “J@K,” calls for a new 74-ft-tall, six-storey building with 79 secured purpose-built market rental homes, with a unit mix of 45 studios, five one-bedroom units, and 29 two-bedroom units.
There are ample amenities for residents in this relatively small redevelopment, including a unique indoor amenity floor in the second underground level (P2), which would normally be used as vehicle parking.
Instead of vehicle parking, P2 will have 3,120 sq. ft. of indoor amenity space, including a cardio-focused fitness gym with Peloton bikes and projector screens, and a communal games room and lounge. This underground level also contains the resident storage spaces and 91 bike parking spaces, which is 40% more than required, accompanied with bike repair and end-of-trip facilities.
There are also additional indoor amenity spaces on the second level, and the entire rooftop is dedicated to amenities with an indoor space opening up to a large landscaped rooftop patio, lounge, and children’s play area.
“This project proposes to incorporate various amenity spaces to encourage healthy living and social interaction between residents throughout the building… allowing for a sense of community,” reads the design rationale.
“Details such as visually open furniture and partitions, and the use of colour blocking as a method for defining zones help to divide the space without sacrificing a sense of openness and functional design.”
A single underground parking level (P1) is retained, containing 31 vehicle parking stalls. Far fewer vehicle parking is provided as this is supplanted by additional bike parking, and proponents consider this as a transit-oriented development, accessible by Kingsway buses, Joyce Street buses including the R4 RapidBus, and an eight-minute walk to SkyTrain’s Joyce-Collingwood Station.
On the ground level, there is also about 6,100 sq. ft. of commercial space, split between five retail and restaurant units.
The building’s exterior architectural concept features brick cladding to “create a quiet backdrop to the pattern of balconies and punched windows.”
“The curved corner of the building creates a flatiron corner and marks the oblique intersection of Kingsway with the City grid and entry to the Collingwood Neighbourhood,” continues the design rationale.
Furthermore, artwork is proposed for the underside of the retail and residential canopies.
A total floor area of 56,180 sq. ft. is proposed, giving the project a floor space ratio density of 3.93 times the size of the 13,530 sq. ft. lot.
Records show the property changed hands in October 2019 in a deal worth $4.85 million.