The Super 8 Hotel, previously known as the Blue Boy Motor Hotel, at the northwest corner of Fraser Street and Southeast Marine Drive in East Vancouver could be demolished and redeveloped into a sizeable mixed-use project.
Local developer and property owner Serracan Properties has submitted a rezoning application to the City of Vancouver to turn the 1.8-acre hotel site into 368 units of residential over four buildings, including one 22-storey building, one 12-storey building, and two five-storey buildings.
The heights of the buildings will range between 59 feet and 207 feet, and a floor space ratio (FSR) of 3.98 FSR is being pursued through the municipal government’s Sunset Community Vision and High-Density Housing for Families with Children Guidelines, which mandates that at least 40% of the units be suitable for larger families. The number of proposed family units, classified as units with two or more bedrooms, is 160 units or 43% of the total number of units.
There will also be 15,500 square feet of retail space on the ground level, 377 parking spaces, a 37-space childcare facility, and a large public space with a 0.25-acre community park and courtyard in the centre of the development.
“Traversing a fairly steep topography, the landscape will be contoured to provide a gradual and attractive route through the site, to be enjoyed by residents and neighbours alike,” reads the project’s landscape rationale. “A slight flattening of the grade in the centre will create a lawn, gently tilted towards the sun, and the centre of the development.”
All of this would replace the existing six-storey hotel, which has ground-level parking and retail space, a pub, liquor store, and bowling alley.