HOUS­ING City aims to amend dual en­try

Re­vised draw­ings will be sub­mit­ted for doors to a tower with so­cial hous­ing

The Georgia Straight - - Housing - By Char­lie Smith

The is­sue of “poor doors” has once again come up be­fore Van­cou­ver’s de­vel­op­ment­per­mit board. On Jan­uary 7, it ap­proved a 28-storey tower on the north­east cor­ner of Rob­son and Cardero streets. Ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, the project will in­clude 24 units of so­cial hous­ing on the third and fourth floors.

The site is across the street from the Rob­son Pub­lic Mar­ket and across the lane from a 43-storey tower that West­bank Corp. is build­ing at 1550 Al­berni Street.

An­other 153 mar­ket units will be built from the fourth to the 28th storey. The ground floor will be re­tail space; of­fice units will be de­vel­oped on the sec­ond and third floors.

The board voted that prior to re­ceiv­ing a de­vel­op­ment per­mit, VKJ (Cardero) Investment LP must present re­vised draw­ings to di­rec­tor of plan­ning Gil Kel­ley in­di­cat­ing “a bal­anced ex­pres­sion of the ad­ja­cent mar­ket and so­cial hous­ing res­i­den­tial en­tries, with con­sid­er­a­tion of a shared out­door play area”.

The de­vel­op­ment-per­mit staff re­port noted that this could be achieved if the ap­pli­cant can “widen the non­mar­ket en­try to cre­ate a more gen­er­ous in­te­rior lobby”. Staff also stated in the re­port that this bal­anced ex­pres­sion would be en­hanced by an en­try canopy over both doors and by cre­at­ing an “en­try fore­court uni­fy­ing the two with a shared paving pat­tern”.

In ad­di­tion, the staff re­port sug­gested that there be some “con­sid­er­a­tion of shared ac­cess to the north­west roof deck at the 3rd floor”.

In Oc­to­ber, the Straight re­ported that the project’s con­sul­tant, IBI Group, pre­vi­ously stated that “en­trances for each com­po­nent of this de­vel­op­ment will be de­signed to be unique and easy to iden­tify.”

For many years, the City of Van­cou­ver has been grant­ing de­vel­op­ment per­mits for res­i­den­tial projects with sep­a­rate en­trances for so­cial hous­ing. Re­cent ex­am­ples in­clude tow­ers be­ing con­structed at 1068–1080 Burn­aby Street and 1318 Thur­low Street.

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