Vancouver city council approves four building projects with 179 homes combined

Nov 8 2019, 9:28 pm

Wednesday’s public hearing at Vancouver city council ended with the approval of four various building projects creating a combined total of 179 homes, as well as five separate townhome projects all located within the Cambie Corridor.

This includes projects with 47 secured market rental units and 39 social housing units uniquely for Chinese seniors. Here is a full breakdown of the approvals:

2601 East Hastings Street

Designed by Studio One Architecture, this six-storey proposal in the Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood includes 47 secured market rental homes under the Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy.

There will also be over 6,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space on the ground level.

The heritage facade of a 1928-built, one-storey retail building with Spanish-style architecture, located next to the laneway on the development site, will be restored and incorporated into the new building.

City councillor Jean Swanson cast the only vote against this project.

2601-2619 East Hastings Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 2601-2619 East Hastings, Vancouver. (Studio One Architecture)

2601-2619 East Hastings Vancouver

Artistic rendering of the redevelopment at 2601-2619 East Hastings, Vancouver. (Studio One Architecture)

835-837 East Hastings Street

This six-storey building in the Downtown Eastside will contain 39 units of seniors social housing within the upper levels and over 4,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on the ground level.

The project is spearheaded by Lee’s Benovolent Association of Canada and designed by Patrick R. Stewart Architect.

“Lee’s Benovolent believes this project is a great opportunity for aging Chinese seniors in the neighbourhood to remain close to the Chinatown community with its associated sense of community, social opportunities, shopping, groceries, produce, and other supports,” reads the application.

City council’s approval was unanimous.

835-837 East Hastings Street Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 835-837 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. (Patrick R. Stewart Architect / Lee’s Benovolent Association of Canada)

582-588 West King Edward Avenue

This project, designed by RWA Architecture, replaces two single-family homes located one block west of SkyTrain’s King Edward Station with a four-storey residential building and a 2.5-storey townhouse building annex. It will create 36 market residential units.

Councillor Swanson also cast the only vote against this project.

Artistic rendering of 582-588 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver. (RWA Architecture)

582-588 West King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 582-588 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver. (RWA Architecture)

620-644 West King Edward Avenue

Located just across the street from 582-588 West King Edward Avenue, the approved proposal at 620-644 West King Edward Avenue — also one block west of SkyTrain’s King Edward Station — includes two four-storey buildings and one three-storey townhouse building.

There will be a total of 57 market residential units, replacing the existing four single-family homes on the land assembly site, including relatively recent structures constructed in 2005 and 2010. The project is designed by WT Leung Architects.

Swanson was the only councillor to vote against this project.

620-644 West King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 620-644 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects)

620-644 West King Edward Avenue Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 620-644 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver. (WT Leung Architects)