Hello. I am the pricetags editor for the week. More on me here on pricetags.
My first post here is on this innovative new mixed use high density residential project in Vancouver’s westend at the corner of Nelson and Burrard. Once completed it will be visibly tallest building in Vancouver – higher than Trump Tower and higher than Shangri-La – as it sits on one of the highest spots in Vancouver’s west end.
I was part of the original steering committee about two years ago when the initial vision was set (revised numerous times).
Highlights: two buildings, one with 8 stories and one a 56 story tower. FSR of almost 11. Adult and children daycare. Space for the handicapped and low income folks, some for single mothers (details yet to be worked on). Cafes. Courtyard. Almost 500 parking spaces. Church related office and social space. Of the roughly 350+ units 20% will be social housing units and about 80% market housing condos, some lower end and some very high end with unbelievable views.
Architect is Bing Thom Architects, builder in Westbank and the land owner / developer is First Baptist Church.
Awesome multi-use sustainable urban concept benefiting many in the heart of the city.
Hence it is called: The Heart for the City !
More on this – incl detailed layouts and pictures from the initial open house in fall 2015 – at www.heartforthecity.ca
Open house this Thursday March 10 from 5-8pm. I will be there for about an hour from 5:30 to 6:30. Come by if you are interested and say hello.
Is this an ideal project for this part of the city ? What should be changed, if any, to provide social space, much needed rental units, much needed affordable housing and condos ?
Pictures from the well attended open house yesterday: