Vancouver City Council approves three new buildings with 207 rental homes combined

Sep 16 2020, 8:37 pm

On Tuesday during a public hearing, Vancouver City Council approved three rezoning applications that will create 207 new rental homes combined.

Two applications are located in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood, and one application is within the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood.

The largest approval is the rezoning for the mixed-use tower development at 1649 East Broadway, which is a revision of a previously approved proposal.

Here is a rundown of the three approved rezonings:

2336-2366 Charles Street

This project is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Nanaimo Street and Charles Street, replacing four single-family homes.

Local developer Cape Group and Human Studio Architecture + Urban Design’s redevelopment, named The Charles, will be a six-storey building with 62 secured market rental homes. About 60% of the units will be suitable for larger families, with two- and three-bedrooms.

The ground level entails five retail and restaurant units for a combined total of over 8,000 sq. ft. of commercial space.

City council approved this project with councillors Colleen Hardwick and Jeanne Swanson abstaining from the vote.

2336-2366 Charles Street Vancouver

Updated artistic rendering of 2336-2366 Charles Street, Vancouver. (Human Studio Architecture + Urban Design/Cape Group)

2336-2366 Charles Street Vancouver

Updated artistic rendering of 2336-2366 Charles Street, Vancouver. (Human Studio Architecture + Urban Design/Cape Group)

1649 East Broadway

Jameson Development Corporation’s development site is located less than half a block west of SkyTrain’s Commercial-Broadway Station, and right across from the Rio Theatre. The site is currently vacant.

The new 12-storey building will contain 114 secured rental homes, including 91 market units and 23 below-market units.

There is also over 5,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground level.

This is a revision of the 2018-approved rezoning that called for a 10-storey building with 93 homes, including 43 secured market rental units and 46 condominiums.

The project’s architect is IBI Group.

Councillor Hardwick abstained from the vote for this rezoning.

1649 East Broadway Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1649 East Broadway, Vancouver. (IBI Group / Jameson Development Corporation)

1247 Kingsway

Stuart Howard Architects’ project will replace aging low-storey structures with a new six-storey building with 31 secured market rental homes, and 3,300 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground level.

Both Hardwick and Swanson abstained in their decision.

1247 Kingway Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1247 Kingsway, Vancouver. (Stuart Howard Architects)

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