At 21 storeys, The Independent will be the tallest tower at one of Vancouver’s key crossroads – Main at Broadway.
Centred in a neighbourhood that is full of independent breweries, grocers, coffee shops, restaurants and boutique retail shops, the aptly-named The Independent at Main represents a mixture of history and happening that defines the current Mount Pleasant. The Independent stands first and foremost for the individuality that defines this vibrant community. With five unique building forms designed to reflect the eclectic building mix that already exists in Mt. Pleasant, The Independent will feature crafted aspects that will make it a landmark and iconic structure.
A lot of design attention was given to the form and character of the building and how people live. Just a few examples: a contemporary interpretation of materials used in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood are featured on the exterior of The Independent including wood, mosaic brick, cor-ten steel, and reclaimed timber. Public areas have been carefully planned, mobile closets (which can be moved and adapted to one’s needs) add storage areas in normally unused space, air conditioning is provided, a hobby room allowing people to work on messy projects is just one feature of careful and thoughtful attention paid to the design of the amenity areas (indoor and outdoor).
Indoor/outdoor living is a key feature, and a 20,000 sq. ft. “backyard” is an integral part of The Independent. Featured on the third floor rooftop, between tower and podium the “backyard” is the heart and soul of life at The Independent. Whether it was providing connectivity of the indoor dining/kitchen/lounge areas with the outdoor patio and dining areas; the multitude of pathways through the outdoor courtyard; the variety of patio and landscape areas; the specific situation of the dog run, an urban agricultural area and children’s play area, promotion of social interaction between the residents was explored in detail. Having a 20,000 sq. ft. “backyard” in the heart of the city is a rare and unique opportunity, and that’s just what The Independent focused on.
As part of the City of Vancouver’s master plan for the Mount Pleasant Community, The Independent site has been earmarked as the landmark epicentre of a neighbourhood where many changes are planned. Rising to a height of 210 feet, The Independent will stand as the tallest structure in the neighbourhood for the foreseeable future. This represents the area’s first big move to accommodate the budding popularity and future population influx already being experienced in the area. With some of the lowest vacancy rates in the Metro Vancouver, Mount Pleasant is in need of more housing. A great location close to downtown, on major arterials, bordered by bike lanes, rapid transit and a potential future Broadway subway line, The Independent is truly representative of city and development vision.
Developed Rize Alliance Properties and Ayala Land Development, The Independent will offer 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes, starting at $299,000.
The area has traditionally housed up-and-coming creatives, however the City of Vancouver’s Master Planned vision is providing the opportunity for the design rich approach of Rize Alliance to develop something extraordinary. The neighbourhood’s convenience, transportation connectivity, walkability and amenity is the type of energy centre that people desire, and this once hipster-heavy district is set to transform. With a unique array of suite styles available, a large spectrum of over 2,000 individuals have expressed interest: from young urban professionals to growing families to strategic downsizers.
Incredible views lead the way. Positioned on a natural ridge views to downtown, the North Shore mountains, English Bay and Mt. Baker are beautiful. The 20,000 square foot private backyard, fitness facility, dog wash, resident lounge and meeting room, a guest suite available for rent, car share program and over 300 bike parking spaces are the icing on the cake.
For more information about The Independent at Main, visit their Presentation Centre opening February 14 at 2500 Main Street, Vancouver or visit www.independentatmain.com.
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