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SpongeG
Jul 1, 2010, 12:50 AM
not meant to be

i like the cobalt except the washrooms are teh most disgusting thing ever - ugh they stink

SFUVancouver
Jul 1, 2010, 6:28 AM
Richards on Richards
http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/3041/richardsonrichardsjune3.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

The Beasley
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/8676/thebeasleyno2june302010.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Cosmo
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

BC Place from Robson Street
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Pender and Richards social housing
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

SFUVancouver
Jul 1, 2010, 7:11 AM
BC Place and its neighbours.
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

BC Place with half my zoom.
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Full zoom!
http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/8766/bcplacezoomjune302010p1.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Pender and Richards social housing
http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/323/penderandrichardssocial.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Yaletown with the nearly complete Vita tower and Capitol Residences.
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The Georgia and Patina
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Jameson House
http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/781/jamesonhousejune302010p.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

West Pender Place
http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/7849/westpenderplacejune3020.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

The Convention Centre green roof and the Fairmont Pacific Rim
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, June 30th, 2010.

Woodwards and the Pender and Abbott social housing site
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canucks23
Jul 1, 2010, 8:03 AM
Amazing! Time has really flown by with a lot of these projects nearing completion :) now we just need some new buildings proposed to watch.

entheosfog
Jul 1, 2010, 6:24 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs138.snc4/37237_10150202333040066_687880065_13127429_3922792_n.jpg
pic by me hosted on FB

I was happy to see the Old American Hotel site was "SOLD" a few weeks back then amazed to see what looks like RENO's to the building taking place. 1st they took down the awnings on the Main Side........now they have boarded it up which looks like will result in new glass and doors going in at entrance level.....SHOCKING. I thought this sucker was gonna get torn down for sure......

Thanks for the update on this! I noticed that as well and was worried it would bite the dust for sure. I don't care what's going in as it's been vacant forever and serving no useful purpose. And I think there's still some occupied suites up above. I have high hopes for this stretch of Main, it has much potential.

hollywoodnorth
Jul 2, 2010, 1:52 PM
Alexandra Living | Condos at Davie & Bidwell ...... website is up

http://alexandraliving.com/

SpongeG
Jul 3, 2010, 4:32 AM
an article about the Vogue renovation...

Art deco gem is back in Vogue

...

There is one bright spot: the Vogue. The art deco gem at 918 Granville has been given a fresh coat of paint, literally, as part of a $2-million restoration.

“We scraped down, took paint samples and had it matched,” says Matt Gibbons of the Gibbons Hospitality Group, which owns the theatre. “It’s what they call a light buff. It’s the original 1941 colour.”

Next was the landmark neon sign, topped by an elegant rendering of Roman goddess Diana. The neon had been blue for years, but it was originally red, so red it became again.

The restoration continues inside. The seats have been refurbished, the stage extended, and a new boiler has been installed in the basement to provide much-improved heat.


...

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/deco+back+Vogue/3229602/story.html#ixzz0sag1C2yu

urbandreamer
Jul 4, 2010, 5:01 PM
Oh the American. What crazy memories of that place have I! As a non-smoker, I always hated going in the smoking booth to socialize with my buddies from the 'hoe. $1.50 for a half pint of that nasty Pacific Pilsner (is it still around?), then the wait for the Natives to arrive with their "catch" of the day. $5 steaks stolen from Buy Low's dock? Yep. $100 Apple laptops? Yep.

I miss those days.:D

hollywoodnorth
Jul 4, 2010, 10:41 PM
the tents for cirque du soleil are going up on the concord place lands.....

brown_supahero
Jul 8, 2010, 8:45 PM
Hi,

After six months living off the grid... I have come back. It's good to see that Vancouver construction is getting stronger.

Does anybody know a developer or a construction company that need a manager?

jlousa
Jul 9, 2010, 1:12 AM
Not sure what that has to do with downtown updates...:shrug:

Anyways looks like Storyeum will have it's new tenant later this year

Location: 151 W CORDOVA ST
Zoning: CD-1
Project Type: Rezoning
Department: Planning Department
Application Date: 2010/07/05 No: 2010022

Description:

To rezone from HA-2 (Gastown) to CD-1 (Comprehesive Development) District to add Bowling Alley, Arcardes and Billiard Hall Uses.

SpikePhanta
Jul 9, 2010, 6:52 AM
Not sure what that has to do with downtown updates...:shrug:

Anyways looks like Storyeum will have it's new tenant later this year

Arcades :D

WarrenC12
Jul 9, 2010, 2:39 PM
What is already in Storyeum right now? The location is so hidden I keep forgetting to check it out. No wonder the original concept failed... :rolleyes:

s211
Jul 9, 2010, 3:53 PM
Hi,

After six months living off the grid... I have come back. It's good to see that Vancouver construction is getting stronger.

Does anybody know a developer or a construction company that need a manager?

http://www.naiopvcr.com/Jobs/jobcontentpage.aspx?id=2010-06-29

hollywoodnorth
Jul 9, 2010, 4:39 PM
looks like the Carrall Street greenway is being worked on again.....this would be the last segment needed between the south end of the greenway and the false creek seawall.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs054.snc4/35053_10150208559600066_687880065_13294223_5857918_n.jpg

pic by me , hosted on FB

SpongeG
Jul 9, 2010, 7:38 PM
What is already in Storyeum right now? The location is so hidden I keep forgetting to check it out. No wonder the original concept failed... :rolleyes:

there is a furniture store selling really ugly stuff

the bowling and all that will go in the basement which is empty

jlousa
Jul 10, 2010, 2:28 PM
Not quite, the Furniture store is on the Water St side, the entertainment centre will be on the Cordova Side.

jlousa
Jul 10, 2010, 2:37 PM
Another Henriquez partners proposal courtesy of Westbank. A definite improvement over the current parking lot that's there. Also no rezoning required as it's within current zoning guidelines with conditional approval. Hopefully we'll see the completion of Paris Block Annex shortly as well.

Notification Letter
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/notiltr.pdf

Context Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/contextplan.pdf

Site Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/siteplan.pdf

North Elevation Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/nelevation.pdf

East Elevation Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/eelevation.pdf

South Elevation Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/selevation.pdf

West Elevation Plan
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/welevation.pdf

Ground Landscape
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/grlscape.pdf

Level 2 Landscape
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/l2lscape.pdf

Roof Amenity Landscape
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/rooflscape.pdf

Hed Kandi
Jul 10, 2010, 3:54 PM
Thanks for posting.

Hed Kandi
Jul 10, 2010, 4:26 PM
Updated Vancouver - City Compilation Thread.


Vancouver, Canada - http://images.kenyonhill.com/icons/star.png 'Worlds Most Liveable City 2010' - Economist Intelligence Unit



Canada's most beautiful city has more in common with San Francisco than Toronto. Despite it being very wet it's a prime location for Hollywood film shoots -the setting is spectacular. Ocean and mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the gleaming commercial towers of downtown where you'll find spectacular restaurants and cafe's after a 'swim-in-the-morning', 'ski-in-the-afternoon' day. Trace the city's history in Gastown and Chinatown, savour the wilderness only blocks from the city centre in Stanley Park and dine on superb ethnic or Pacific Northwest cuisine before sampling those clubs and bars.

http://i990.photobucket.com/albums/af28/Hongkongese/BrandonGodfrey.jpg





Private Residences at Georgia
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 517ft
http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/2668/447147487.jpg





Three Harbour Green
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 380ft
http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/1789/jbvf.jpg (http://img263.imageshack.us/i/jbvf.jpg/)





Patina
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 418ft
http://www.condominiums.com/vancouver/images/patina.jpg]





Capitol Residences
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 414ft
http://www.modelshop.bc.ca/porty2/file/X000/X048/X048-6.jpg





Symphony Place
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Under Construction
Height: 295ft, 348ft
http://www.lestwarog.com/admin/uploads/article/moreimages/1711.jpg





Richards Living
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 166ft
http://img364.imageshack.us/img364/7040/jbkjvkcm1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)





The Beasley
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Under Construction
Height: 298ft
http://66.90.101.237/beasley.jpg





West Pender Place
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Under Construction
Height: 160ft, 341ft
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2345/2269819321_5abc8cfdd9_o.jpg





Jameson House
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Under Construction
Height: 381ft
http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/7308/37737247.jpg (http://img5.imageshack.us/my.php?image=37737247.jpg)





Ritz Carlton Vancouver
Estimated Completion: 2012
Status: Approved
Height: 616ft
http://www.blogcdn.com/www.luxist.com/media/2008/10/ritzvancouver.jpg





999 Seymour
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Proposed
Height: 206ft
http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/8085/4037kp0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)





Bentall 6
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Proposed
Height: 306ft
http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/9813/kjhvgc.jpg





Cosmo
Estimated Completion: 2012
Status: Approved
Height: N/A
http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/3451/cosmo.jpg





Rogers Arena Tower
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: 346ft
http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/1724/575143.jpg





Panorama
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Approved
Height: N/A
http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/8866/img1107h.jpg





1215 Bidwell
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Approved
Height: 210ft
http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/4905/sdasdfasdsaff.jpg





The Mark
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Approved
Height: 459ft
http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/8200/ljkhilugyf.jpg





The Rolston
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Approved
Height: 249ft
http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/5585/rendering4.jpg





777 Pacific Boulevard
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Approved
Height: 187ft, 206ft
http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p155/jlousa/Smitheview.jpg





1754 Pendrell
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: 190ft
http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/648/hhhhhz.jpg





1304 Howe
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Proposed
Height: 323ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





1134 Burrard
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





401 Helmcken
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: 253ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





1155 Hornby
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: 292ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





The Harwood
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Proposed
Height: 180ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





Creekside Park
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





1235 West Pender
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Approved
Height: 282ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





1157 Burrard
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





728 Pacific Blvd.
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





10 Terry Fox Way
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





The Yale
Estimated Completion: 2011
Status: Proposed
Height: 220ft
Rendering Currently Unavailable





480 Broughton
Estimated Completion: N/A
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





431 Beach Crescent
Estimated Completion: 2010
Status: Proposed
Height: N/A
Rendering Currently Unavailable





Last Updated: July 10, 2010

leftside
Jul 10, 2010, 5:16 PM
Another Henriquez partners proposal courtesy of Westbank. A definite improvement over the current parking lot that's there. Also no rezoning required as it's within current zoning guidelines with conditional approval. Hopefully we'll see the completion of Paris Block Annex shortly as well.

Notification Letter
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/developmentservices/devapps/66wcordova/notiltr.pdf

Was wondering what was happening with that site. Hopefully we'll also see the Greenwich project along Hastings start soon. There has been a lot of social housing developed in the area lately, so it will be nice to see a mix of market housing as well.

trofirhen
Jul 10, 2010, 5:39 PM
Although published before, it's nice to see these renderings of buildings, some now well underway, some still to come. I like most of them, but none more, at present anyway, than the Georgia. I think it's going to change the whole "chemistry" of downtown.

flight_from_kamakura
Jul 12, 2010, 5:12 AM
beautiful pics sfu, thanks for those.

jozero
Jul 12, 2010, 5:08 PM
If any photo bugs want to take some interesting mash up shots they've set up a movie quality New York subway entrance and old dirty looking magazine stand on Granville right by the Orpheum. This is July 12th in around 10am.

SpongeG
Jul 12, 2010, 7:05 PM
they are filming FRINGE on robson - i wonder if it is for that - they have the filming notice on the new A&W window

nova9
Jul 12, 2010, 9:27 PM
they are filming FRINGE on robson - i wonder if it is for that - they have the filming notice on the new A&W window

it looks exactly like what they did when they filmed the season 2 finale.

eduardo88
Jul 13, 2010, 2:07 AM
If any photo bugs want to take some interesting mash up shots they've set up a movie quality New York subway entrance and old dirty looking magazine stand on Granville right by the Orpheum. This is July 12th in around 10am.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs080.snc4/35343_451620790294_500880294_6550631_4470391_n.jpg
Pic by a friend of mine, hosted on Facebook



It would be pretty cool to have something like that as an art piece...although i'm sure a bunch of people would be completely confused by it...

simonfiction
Jul 13, 2010, 6:01 PM
Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but can anyone tell me what these platforms are going to be for outside the Vancouver Convention Centre West?

http://i.imgur.com/yRlPel.jpg

nova9
Jul 13, 2010, 6:04 PM
I believe the beginnings of the new float plane terminal.

SpongeG
Jul 13, 2010, 7:10 PM
yah its gonna be gross like that for a long time too apparently they want to keep the current float plane place for another 3 years or something

simonfiction
Jul 13, 2010, 8:19 PM
Thanks for the info. 3 years though? Any idea why? And anyone know how it's going to look once completed?

SpongeG
Jul 13, 2010, 8:25 PM
Thanks for the info. 3 years though? Any idea why? And anyone know how it's going to look once completed?

theres a thread (http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=138016&page=87) devoted to the convention centre - it has all the info - i think they are applying to the city and were granted a 3 year lease at the current location? something like that so they are in no rush to get this project built

jlousa
Jul 14, 2010, 11:58 PM
Some more info for those interested in the 60 W Cordova project


DE 414003

An application has been received to develop a 10-storey mixed-use building. The development site in Gastown is currently being used as a parking lot. The proposal includes a mix of affordable ownership housing including family housing and participatory owner-occupied units. In addition to 108 dwelling units there will be a retail component, an amenity area and landscaped yard.

The developer – Westbank and Vancity with Habitat for Humanity and PHS Community Services have put together a plan to achieve a new model of affordability in both, Non-Market (12 units) and Market Housing segments. Twelve non-market units will be offered at cost (no mark-up, no fees, no marketing and no profit) and will be affordable to those with annual income of not less than $26,000. Seventy percent of all units will cost less than $300,000 and more than 50% of all units will be affordable to those making $29,000 to $36,000 a year.

The proposed building form is a single central mass, with the building height of 100ft and no set backs. “The goal of the design is to contribute in a meaningful way to the conservation of the heritage character and fabric of Gastown.” The intent was to develop a modern architectural vocabulary which is sympathetic to the heritage context of Gastown, rather than to replicate any of the existing historical styles of Gastown. The proposal includes the car-free housing concept with only 19 parking stalls accessed from the rear lane. The rationale for this approach is that targeted housing groups would not need a car for everyday activates and that the priority would be more affordable housing, without parking associated cost. The project design incorporates a number of sustainable design initiatives with the goal of meeting the requirements of a LEED Silver certification. An integral part of the building façade is a public art component – painted glass spandrel panels which will glow in the evening. The energy used by LED lighting will be generated by solar collectors on the roof of the building.

The Commission is asked to review and comment the proposal and in particular to address the following:

Issues

(i) the proposed height of 100ft (the maximum height permitted is 75ft, which may be relaxed by the Development Permit Board /Director of Planning);
(ii) the scale and proportion of the streetscape façade and its compatibility with the heritage character of Gastown;
(iii) materials and detailing of the streetscape façade and its compatibility with historic materials used in Gastown; and
(iv) parking relaxation to meet affordable ownership objectives (73 required, 19 provided)

SFUVancouver
Jul 15, 2010, 7:21 AM
Cosmo (note the CPR train tunnel in the far left corner of the site)
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/4609/cosmojuly142010p1200865.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, July 14th, 2010.

The CPR tunnel
http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/3773/cosmotraintunneljuly142.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, July 14th, 2010.

SpongeG
Jul 15, 2010, 7:44 AM
they are just going to fill it with dirt?

hollywoodnorth
Jul 15, 2010, 4:05 PM
yah its gonna be gross like that for a long time too apparently they want to keep the current float plane place for another 3 years or something

wow what a joke. typical Vancouver...3 years? the WHOLE bloody Convention center was built in that amount of time! LOL :hell:

hollywoodnorth
Jul 15, 2010, 4:06 PM
the 60 W Cordova project sounds like a real winner. we will probably see a lot of similar projects in the area I think.

jsbertram
Jul 15, 2010, 5:08 PM
they are just going to fill it with dirt?

The remains of the CPR tunnel run from this point, and continue to curve north & west under the former Greyhound site ( more recently the Olympic Live City site and possibly the future Art Gallery site) to (roughly) Cambie & Dunsmuir.

As long as the tunnel space is an empty cavity, it needs some sort of access for inspection that it is structurally sound.

With the tunnel under the new Cosmo site getting removed (up to the north shotcrete wall), I would expect this side of the tunnel to be bricked up & sealed off if it can still be accessed from the SkyTrain Dunsmuir tunnel for inspection purposes. Otherwise I wonder if it will be mostly bricked up but Cosmo will require an access door from one of their parking levels into the tunnel for inspection access?

When the the future Art Gallery site gets built, I can see the tunnel under that block being removed also, leaving just a remaining piece of tunnel under Beatty near the Armoury, and a small piece under Cambie & Dunsmuir that still is attached to the Skytrain tunnel. With such a small section under Beatty remaining that would have no easy access for inspection, I can see it being filled & packed with sand so it can maintain its structural integrity without the need for annual inspections.


And then we can start telling stories about the Ghost Tunnel to Nowhere ...

dleung
Jul 15, 2010, 5:18 PM
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs080.snc4/35343_451620790294_500880294_6550631_4470391_n.jpg
Pic by a friend of mine, hosted on Facebook



It would be pretty cool to have something like that as an art piece...although i'm sure a bunch of people would be completely confused by it...

For me, what gave away the new york subway entrance as a prop was the infinity g35 on the street behind it, lol.

SpongeG
Jul 16, 2010, 6:39 AM
some pics by me of that pacific centre reno - its all open now on the one side - is the store going in there going to have its own Georgia Street Entrance? is it the location for Michael kors? its like one of the only spaces available i think

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/5057/dsc00374uj.jpg

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/4062/dsc00375c.jpg

SFUVancouver
Jul 17, 2010, 1:01 AM
Harbour Green Three from the Conventrion Centre.
http://img31.imageshack.us/img31/4537/harbourgreenthreeno1jul.jpg
http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, July 16th, 2010.

Harbour Green Three from Harbour Green Park.
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Harbour Green Three from Harbour Green Park.
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West Pender Place from the Seawall.
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West Pender Place from Nicola and Hastings.
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West Pender Place glazing.
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West Pender Place from Pender and Broughton.
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Jameson House from Burrard and Pender.
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Hotel Georgia Tower from Georgia and Howe Street.
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Hotel Georiga Tower again. Awesome.
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, July 16th, 2010.

dleung
Jul 17, 2010, 2:18 AM
Nice updates. Can anyone confirm the height of HG3? I heard it was reduced from 380 to 351 feet. That would make it practically the same as HG2! :(

Nonetheless the project is a lot more exciting now that it's well above grade. The 10 foot ceilings make the tower look more slender than the others, when in fact it has larger floorplates than the other 5 towers fronting onto the park.

osirisboy
Jul 17, 2010, 4:42 AM
Nice updates. Can anyone confirm the height of HG3? I heard it was reduced from 380 to 351 feet. That would make it practically the same as HG2! :(

hmm where did you here this from

dleung
Jul 17, 2010, 5:11 AM
Urbandb.com. Also confirmed by Emporis. I really hope I'm wrong.

vanman
Jul 17, 2010, 6:23 AM
^It's supposed to be 11m taller than 2HG.

trofirhen
Jul 17, 2010, 12:04 PM
....... all of this makes me think: "I wonder what Vancouver will look like in ten years?" ...............

Delirium
Jul 17, 2010, 12:46 PM
Nice updates. Can anyone confirm the height of HG3? I heard it was reduced from 380 to 351 feet. That would make it practically the same as HG2! :(


No. It will be 380.5ft including the tower cap. Excerpt the DP minutes;


Height: The proposed main roof of the tower is within the maximum height of 354 ft. (108 m) established for Sub-Area 3, but the tower’s architectural “cap” treatment exceeds the area and width provisions of Section 10.11.1 of the Zoning and Development By-law that permit height relaxations for mechanical appurtenances. Staff recommend that Section 10.11.2 (“Decorative Roof”) be used to allow the tower’s architectural expression to be properly completed, as proposed to a height of 380.5 ft. (Refer to Tower Cap, page 9);

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/dpboard/2008/PDF/277%20Thurlow%20Street%20-%20DE411944.pdf

Thanks for the update SFU! I really like West Pender Place. It's unique. I don't like the middle low-rise section though. It crowds the site too much but I understand the need to maximize density.

dleung
Jul 17, 2010, 5:01 PM
The diagram on SSP shows it at closer to 108 metres, or 354'. :shrug:

vansky
Jul 18, 2010, 12:14 AM
....... all of this makes me think: "I wonder what Vancouver will look like in ten years?" ...............

probably more condos spreaded around the metro area, especially the brentwood area, and surrey central. but i wonder how the roads can handle all the density

flight_from_kamakura
Jul 19, 2010, 8:49 PM
Harbour Green Three from Harbour Green Park.
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http://creativecommons.org/images/public/somerights20.png (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/) Taken by SFUVancouver, July 16th, 2010.

wow, this will be a nice angle to get at this one. thanks for the great update

trofirhen
Jul 19, 2010, 9:54 PM
probably more condos spreaded around the metro area, especially the brentwood area, and surrey central. but i wonder how the roads can handle all the density

THAT was very much in my mind, too, trust me !! :rolleyes:

vansky
Jul 20, 2010, 5:36 AM
how will things be like in 10 yrs, anyone can predict?

oakridge, surrey, coquitlam etc..

ppl and cars coming in and outo f condo areas, that is an awesome urban feel...

trofirhen
Jul 20, 2010, 9:42 AM
how will things be like in 10 yrs, anyone can predict?
oakridge, surrey, coquitlam etc..
ppl and cars coming in and outo f condo areas, that is an awesome urban feel...

I agree with you that the feeling of the city will be "awesome and urban" and in ten years, the Vancouver of the 20th Century will seem like an overgrown village.

But in 10 years, we'll have more people to move, both by car and by transit, and my rhetorical question is .... will the city be able to do it, especially given the widely conflicting views of what the city should be like, and how it should be run?

There are great tasks ahead, not only for building a comprehensive rrt system, but for accomodating MV traffic, which will be there, whether people like it or not.

delboy
Jul 20, 2010, 1:58 PM
I agree with you that the feeling of the city will be "awesome and urban" and in ten years, the Vancouver of the 20th Century will seem like an overgrown village.

But in 10 years, we'll have more people to move, both by car and by transit, and my rhetorical question is .... will the city be able to do it, especially given the widely conflicting views of what the city should be like, and how it should be run?

There are great tasks ahead, not only for building a comprehensive rrt system, but for accomodating MV traffic, which will be there, whether people like it or not.

Just look how much the city has grown over the past 20 years. Another 10 will be interesting. Vancouver needs to not only grow but also mature. Culture, arts and entertainment....

trofirhen
Jul 20, 2010, 2:31 PM
Just look how much the city has grown over the past 20 years. Another 10 will be interesting. Vancouver needs to not only grow but also mature. Culture, arts and entertainment....
:previous:
You got that right 100%!! Hopefully, with size, the city will lose the certain aspects of small-town provincialism that it still has, and, as you say, flourish into a mature city with more theatre, opera, museums, film festivals.......

BTW, there are some who will say, "what do you mean??!! We already have all that!!" Well, maybe we do, but a heaping helping more would be good. A diversification of the economy would play a key role in that.

Coldrsx
Jul 20, 2010, 4:00 PM
In 10...

I expect broadway from oak east to really develop and densify. I expect that to meander north and south around kingsway and main with much of the area around SEFC to see some very unique infill.

I also expect oakridge to see some significant infill.

Richmond will be richmond, not sure if it is coming or going but still seeing significant midrise infill and new development.

One area that I think you will start to see some significant shifts and increased amounts of development will be hastings between say Hwy1 to the east and Clark to the west. There are some great potential views there along with potential affordability and established neighbourhood services.

jlousa
Jul 21, 2010, 1:05 AM
Here's my prediction, take it, print it, hang it on the wall and then check it in 10yrs to see how close I came.
Downtown will look almost identical to what it does now with the following exceptions, the Granville Bridgehead will be unrecognizable from today as will be the Cambie bridgehead and Nefc. Other then that downtown will see more infill here and there but nothing dramatic at all. The next decade will see the rest of Vancouver proper absorb most of the growth.

webster
Jul 21, 2010, 3:58 PM
how about some ideas that haven't already been planned (NEFC, Midtown, etc.)

Pin this up on the wall:

Chinatown will look dramatically different, with a lot more density from abbott to gore

PaperTiger
Jul 21, 2010, 4:04 PM
how about some ideas that haven't already been planned (NEFC, Midtown, etc.)

Pin this up on the wall:

Chinatown will look dramatically different, with a lot more density from abbott to gore

I think Chinatown will be the next Gastown in terms of reinvestment and cool shops and whatnot. I don't think it will be dramatically different though. the parcels are too small, the ownership is too fractured, and there are too many heritage buildings for it to be significantly different in only 10 years.

BCPhil
Jul 21, 2010, 6:38 PM
I think Chinatown will be the next Gastown in terms of reinvestment and cool shops and whatnot. I don't think it will be dramatically different though. the parcels are too small, the ownership is too fractured, and there are too many heritage buildings for it to be significantly different in only 10 years.

I would agree with that. I think within 10 years we will see the Downtown Streetcar network pass through Gastown and Chinatown, which will have an impact on travel patterns and bring a lot of people to/through the area, and we'll see a lot of redevelopment with the non-heritage buildings. With the streetcar, Gastown/Chinatown will be one of the bigger areas of commercial and tourist interest, much like Robson or Yaletown.

I also think you'll see a lot of high density residential development along Hastings to the East, and within 10 years serious thought will be given to Hastings Rapid Transit (as I would guess that Boradway Skytrain would be under construction). Which would make sense, as riders wouldn't be travelling that far, just from new homes along Hastings into downtown.

andyh
Jul 21, 2010, 9:27 PM
It seems that after a year and a half of painful waiting and watching Emery Barns Park expansion is opening. They have just started to take down the fence. I have never seen a development of this scale take so long. It does look nice and the dog park is a welcome addition.

trofirhen
Jul 21, 2010, 10:02 PM
IF ... and WHEN will we see the individual municipalities of the Greater Vancouver Region amalgamate into something more cohesive?

I know this has been discussed before, but I think we're on the brink of necessity. To govern the region as a holistic unit, each municipality retaining its identity but giving up major power to a central Metropolitaon authority (again, much like Toronto did in the early 1960s) seems inevitable.

Or am I wrong?

eduardo88
Jul 22, 2010, 2:12 AM
IF ... and WHEN will we see the individual municipalities of the Greater Vancouver Region amalgamate into something more cohesive?

I know this has been discussed before, but I think we're on the brink of necessity. To govern the region as a holistic unit, each municipality retaining its identity but giving up major power to a central Metropolitaon authority (again, much like Toronto did in the early 1960s) seems inevitable.

Or am I wrong?

I sure hope that does happen. At least have Vancouver, Burnaby and New West merge into one. They can still have a certain degree of autonomy, but major decisions should be done centrally.

hollywoodnorth
Jul 22, 2010, 2:56 AM
I think Chinatown will be the next Gastown in terms of reinvestment and cool shops and whatnot. I don't think it will be dramatically different though. the parcels are too small, the ownership is too fractured, and there are too many heritage buildings for it to be significantly different in only 10 years.

there are some LARGE sites in that corridor don't forget. I cant think of over a half dozen off the top of my head from the old BC Electric Building.......to the Chinatown parkade.......the Chinese Cultural Center.......the empty lots and gas station at Keefer & Columbia......Budget Rental lot at Abbot & Pender......Concords Greenwich Village Site.....old Police Station and Jail........old Buddist Temple at Gore and Hastings........Old Pantages Theater and lots around it that are collected up......etc etc etc.

SpikePhanta
Jul 22, 2010, 2:57 AM
I sure hope that does happen. At least have Vancouver, Burnaby and New West merge into one. They can still have a certain degree of autonomy, but major decisions should be done centrally.

But what would happen with the history of new west?

sacrifice333
Jul 22, 2010, 4:31 PM
Looks like Emery Barnes Park Part Deux is now open!

paradigm4
Jul 22, 2010, 6:51 PM
I sure hope that does happen. At least have Vancouver, Burnaby and New West merge into one. They can still have a certain degree of autonomy, but major decisions should be done centrally.

I could see the North Shore, the North Fraser, and the South Fraser as sub-regional operations. I think what we're finding is how dramatically varied the needs between places like Coquitlam and Surrey are to cities like Burnaby and Vancouver. Any new form of governance would have to take that into account.

That said, I'm totally for some type of regional governance reform. Right now, Metro is unaccountable and lacking leadership.

osirisboy
Jul 22, 2010, 7:47 PM
Perhaps the mods can move the dicussion regarding amalgamation into the amalgamation thread

SpongeG
Jul 23, 2010, 5:50 AM
i drove past the park tonight it was quite busy - the new playground was full of families

red_lantern
Jul 23, 2010, 5:58 AM
Has anyone here bought in to the pre-sale at 700 West 8th? It's an awesome looking building with great features and finishings. A bit on the pricey side as it seems that the developer is firm with their pricing but will probably include HST.

wrenegade
Jul 23, 2010, 6:12 PM
I was looking at 700W8th, and I was told by a saleswoman there they recently dropped prices by $40k for all the 1 bedrooms, but for the same money I bought a unit in "James" on the 11th floor with a NW view, instead of the 3rd floor at 700W8th (facing east, no view). Yes it was a little smaller, but still. If I had the money to be a little higher up and north or west facing, I might have gone for it. The building is going to be amazing.

officedweller
Jul 23, 2010, 10:07 PM
Sent around the office:

Filming Notice for the TD Plaza

Please note that MRM Productions will be using the TD Plaza entrance and the Sears TD Plaza entrance for a holiday
movie shoot on Monday, July 26, 2010. The exterior of the Sears store will be set up (after retail hours) to create a
scene featuring people in line for a sought after Christmas toy. The exterior of Sears will be made to look like a toy store,
as will the exterior of the TD Plaza entrance on the West Georgia side.
The film crew will set up graphics on the windows at approximately 8:00AM on the morning of July 26th and filming will
commence at approximately 6:00PM. It is scheduled to finish just after midnight.
Security guards have been arranged to assist with the traffic flow during this film shoot.
If you have any questions, please contact MRM Productions Location Manager Kirk Johns at 778-869-3596.

eduardo88
Jul 23, 2010, 11:06 PM
A Christmas scene filmed in July? I'm guessing Vancouver will be playing LA in that movie.

Spoolmak
Jul 24, 2010, 12:49 AM
Seems odd...I love it how when Vancouver plays NYC and you can see the mountains in the background. I wonder if other people notice that .

SpongeG
Jul 24, 2010, 2:24 AM
A Christmas scene filmed in July? I'm guessing Vancouver will be playing LA in that movie.

they can bring in fake snow - that stupid christmas movie with danny devito and matthew broderick - so awful i forgot the name was filmed here in the summer and they had piles of snow in the movie

nova9
Jul 24, 2010, 6:10 AM
Seems odd...I love it how when Vancouver plays NYC and you can see the mountains in the background. I wonder if other people notice that .

when was the last time that happened? as i recall, that was a major mistake in 'Rumble in the Bronx' with Jackie Chan but since then, I haven't notice that. Is it just a too often perpetuated falsehood? It never happens in fringe.

SpikePhanta
Jul 24, 2010, 7:07 AM
Speaking about film, last week i saw them shooting that movie with jack Black at the train station.
Vancouver was playing Boston, and since there isnt that many tall towers in the area I wonder if the mountains are in a scene!

Coldrsx
Jul 26, 2010, 5:02 PM
i drove past the park tonight it was quite busy - the new playground was full of families

Photos please!:cheers:

Yume-sama
Jul 26, 2010, 5:18 PM
Speaking about film, last week i saw them shooting that movie with jack Black at the train station.
Vancouver was playing Boston, and since there isnt that many tall towers in the area I wonder if the mountains are in a scene!

Boston and Vancouver are remarkably similar, without being anything alike. If that makes sense. :haha:

I go to Boston at least once a year, and I always remember thinking how it's like the Eastern Vancouver. :frog: Coincidentally it's my favorite American city. :tup:

Coldrsx
Jul 26, 2010, 5:21 PM
"Boston and Vancouver are remarkably similar"

great city is its...but how do you reckon they are similar in feel?

SpongeG
Jul 26, 2010, 6:39 PM
Photos please!:cheers:

a few from sunday - i didn't take pics of people as i don't usually but the dog park area was full of people, anmd the playground was packed with kids and people were using all areas

dog park entrance
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Yume-sama
Jul 26, 2010, 7:20 PM
"Boston and Vancouver are remarkably similar"

great city is its...but how do you reckon they are similar in feel?

It's hard to explain. Maybe it's just that they have a ton of young Japanese people, too. :P

Japanese people all universally love Boston.

SpongeG
Jul 26, 2010, 8:06 PM
they also both fan out don't they? ie boston city centre is on the water so it spreads out north south and west - vancouver city centre spreads out north south and east

WarrenC12
Jul 26, 2010, 8:19 PM
they also both fan out don't they? ie boston city centre is on the water so it spreads out north south and west - vancouver city centre spreads out north south and east

Boston has Harvard and MIT, we have Simon Fraser and UBC.... :rolleyes:

Delirium
Jul 26, 2010, 9:36 PM
Developer experiments with affordable condos near downtown Vancouver

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00785/bc-cheap21nw1_JP_785282gm-a.jpg
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/developer-experiments-with-affordable-condos-near-downtown-vancouver/article1651548/

No parking. No fancy finishes. No costly marketing program. No speculators. No one who isn’t willing to do some building maintenance.

That’s the condo experiment that one Vancouver developer is trying in an effort to build housing in the city priced low enough that a couple working minimum-wage jobs could afford it.

“Our objective was to continue the legacy we started at Woodward’s and, at the same time, we didn’t want to just bring a bunch of BMWs into the neighbourhood,” said developer Ian Gillespie. He submitted his application last week for the unusual project at 60 West Cordova.

It sits on the border of Gastown and the Downtown Eastside, on the neighbouring block to his Woodward’s project that combined condos, social housing, a university fine-arts centre and offices in the formerly derelict department store.

Not providing parking has two benefits. It lowers the cost of the units, since a single parking stall typically costs $30,000 to $40,000 to build downtown; that saving will be passed on to the buyer. As well, Mr. Gillespie believes the lack of parking will act as an automatic filter to keep out better-off households.

The 108-unit project is a collaboration involving Vancity credit union, Habitat for Humanity and a Downtown Eastside housing group. Habitat will get four condos suitable for families in the building and will choose who gets them. Another eight units, to be managed by the PHS housing society, will go to local community workers.

The remaining 96 condos will go to buyers who will have to prove that they plan to live in the units and who agree to do some maintenance themselves instead of just paying standard condo-maintenance fees. According to the material submitted to the city, nearly three-quarters of the condos will sell for less than $300,000, and more than half will be affordable to people making between $29,000 and $36,000 a year. That’s the income of an individual earning $15-$19 an hour, or a couple in which each partner makes the $8-an-hour minimum wage.

Architect Gregory Henriquez said the idea of requiring owners to also occupy the condos as a way to keep prices down is something he adopted from his early days of living in the West End. Then, before the legislation that created individual condo ownership was brought in, the only way for someone to own an apartment was to own the whole building co-operatively with a group.

“Those condos continue to trade at the low end of market because of how they regulate who is allowed to live in them,” Mr. Henriquez said.

Besides building Woodward’s, Mr. Gillespie has erected two of the city’s swankest hotel/condo complexes in recent years, the Shangri-La and the Fairmont Pacific Rim. He is also the developer of a controversial rental-housing project in the West End, one of eight projects he’s working on in the city.

The vice-president of community real estate for Citizens Bank of Canada, a Vancity affiliate, said the project is the first of its kind for Vancity, as part of the credit union’s new initiative to find ways to build affordable housing in Vancouver. “We definitely have a new mandate to work on this,” Stuart Leslie said.

The land, previously owned by developer Robert Wilson, was repossessed by Vancity last year. He had purchased it for $7.9-million in July, 2007, shortly before the city’s real-estate market deflated. It’s now assessed at $5.4-million.

The Downtown Eastside’s most vocal advocacy group says it is opposed to the project because, even though its ownership is geared to low-income households, it will still bring gentrification and increased property prices to the neighbourhood.

“This was a prime lot that could have been used for 100-per-cent social housing,” said Wendy Pedersen of the Carnegie Community Action Project.

But Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver CEO Anneke Rees said her group is excited because the project gives it a chance to provide housing not just to the most desperately poor but to low-income households trying to get a foothold in Vancouver’s pricey housing market.

Frances Bula
Vancouver — From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published on Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010 11:53PM EDT

flight_from_kamakura
Jul 26, 2010, 11:24 PM
wow, great! that would be here (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=60+West+Cordova+vancouver&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=60+W+Cordova+St,+Vancouver,+Greater+Vancouver+Regional+District,+British+Columbia+V6C+3N8,+Canada&ll=49.282707,-123.106425&spn=0.001834,0.003996&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=49.282809,-123.106022&panoid=Qo76M7k3YnhvcczN8os-4w&cbp=12,223.31,,0,6.73). a nice big lot, and a key hole down there. gillespie, is there anything he can't do?

jlousa
Jul 27, 2010, 1:48 AM
I thought about posting this in the rumour section but it's not a rumour so this is probably the best place for it.
They were drilling test holes at the university club all day today. We should expect to hear something official shortly.

hollywoodnorth
Jul 27, 2010, 3:22 AM
I thought about posting this in the rumour section but it's not a rumour so this is probably the best place for it.
They were drilling test holes at the university club all day today. We should expect to hear something official shortly.

as in the golf club at UBC? or the club thing next to the Marine Building downtown?

jlousa
Jul 27, 2010, 3:23 AM
Next to the Marine building.:tup:

ckkelley
Jul 27, 2010, 3:47 AM
I thought about posting this in the rumour section but it's not a rumour so this is probably the best place for it.
They were drilling test holes at the university club all day today. We should expect to hear something official shortly.

Cool news!

Coldrsx
Jul 27, 2010, 4:09 AM
It's hard to explain. Maybe it's just that they have a ton of young Japanese people, too. :P

Japanese people all universally love Boston.

Love both cities, but I really dont see it... and sushi was hard to find downtown boston, Harvard not so much... i think I still have a headache from the sake bomb joint.

Prometheus
Jul 27, 2010, 4:10 AM
What does this hole-drilling mean?

jlousa
Jul 27, 2010, 4:27 AM
They drill holes into the ground and assess the samples removed, it'll let them know if the ground is contaminated, what it's made up, how much weight it could support etc.

red-paladin
Jul 27, 2010, 4:49 AM
There must be a lot of solid rock. You can see it from the Skytrain when it goes past the Marine building under Cordova.

duener
Jul 27, 2010, 8:15 PM
Developer experiments with affordable condos near downtown Vancouver

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00785/bc-cheap21nw1_JP_785282gm-a.jpg
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/developer-experiments-with-affordable-condos-near-downtown-vancouver/article1651548/

No parking. No fancy finishes. No costly marketing program. No speculators. No one who isn’t willing to do some building maintenance.

That’s the condo experiment that one Vancouver developer is trying in an effort to build housing in the city priced low enough that a couple working minimum-wage jobs could afford it.

“Our objective was to continue the legacy we started at Woodward’s and, at the same time, we didn’t want to just bring a bunch of BMWs into the neighbourhood,” said developer Ian Gillespie. He submitted his application last week for the unusual project at 60 West Cordova.

It sits on the border of Gastown and the Downtown Eastside, on the neighbouring block to his Woodward’s project that combined condos, social housing, a university fine-arts centre and offices in the formerly derelict department store.

Not providing parking has two benefits. It lowers the cost of the units, since a single parking stall typically costs $30,000 to $40,000 to build downtown; that saving will be passed on to the buyer. As well, Mr. Gillespie believes the lack of parking will act as an automatic filter to keep out better-off households.



I've always wondered why developers haven't offered this sort of thing - bare bones condos. Surely they could built just concrete shells, like the original lofts in old warehouses, and let buyers build out their own interiors.

Anyway it's great to see a developer experimenting with new forms that will bring more affordable options to the masses.

sacrifice333
Jul 27, 2010, 8:23 PM
^I guess this is some sort of experiment with the city? 'Cause don't they normally require a certain number of parking stalls per unit.

Maybe this building will be limited to a single floor of underground, or part of the ground floor, for car parking (visitors / maintenance / car share / deliveries), bicycle lockers, storage lockers, garbage/recycling, and any other required mechanical spaces.

vanman
Jul 27, 2010, 8:33 PM
The Downtown Eastside’s most vocal advocacy group says it is opposed to the project because, even though its ownership is geared to low-income households, it will still bring gentrification and increased property prices to the neighbourhood.

“This was a prime lot that could have been used for 100-per-cent social housing,” said Wendy Pedersen of the Carnegie Community Action Project.


Give me a fucking break!!!

Kudos to Westbank for actually trying to adress the affordability issue in Vancouver instead of building more luxury condos.

Yume-sama
Jul 27, 2010, 8:51 PM
Give me a fucking break!!!

Kudos to Westbank for actually trying to adress the affordability issue in Vancouver instead of building more luxury condos.

Yes. There needs to be more for the "working poor" who contribute to society, instead of 100% the "Gimme free things" crowd.

Arguing against this proves their true motives. They NEVER want the DTES to become more than a slum.

They can't. It would ruin them, and the power they think they hold over the people who reside there.

privatejet
Jul 27, 2010, 8:56 PM
^Agreed. There are a lot of people who to perpetuate the downtown eastside, as effectively a ghetto.

As an aisde on the parking issue, I had two parking spots at my place on Homer Street; ridiculous since I never owned a car while I lived in Vancouver. I would have happily traded two parking spots for a larger unit.I think minimum standards (except for loading and visitor shouldng and visitor) should be banned. The development community will quickly figure out what the true demand (at a price) is viable.

Millennium2002
Jul 27, 2010, 9:52 PM
This is cool. A developer that actually listens to what most people would say about home ownership these days. I wish the project succeeds in getting through the bureaucratic red tape. =O

While we're at it, maybe someone should spread this concept elsewhere... and also expand this concept and make larger condos for working class families. =)