A development proposal at 1700 Kingsway for 48 units of non-market housing and commercial uses is being considered by the City of Vancouver. This property is one of six City-owned sites that were listed in an affordable housing plan that was announced to much fanfare on August 9, 2012. We’ve reported that the City is offering to provide developers incentives and waive the DCL (Development Cost Levy), relax on-site parking requirements and fast-track approval. The land would be leased out under a long-term lease (60-99 years) for a nominal fee.
The project would be built under current C-2 zoning. The applicant is not seeking a rezoning, a possibility that might have been allowed by the City. The ground floor of the building would be commercial; the 48-units of non-market rental would be housed on the upper three floors. DYS Architecture is submitting the project.
The Urban Design Panel will be reviewing this project on December 4, 2013 after 6pm (see agenda here). Further details on this development permit (DE417335) will likely be posted in the future on the City’s Development Applications Info webpage and the Planning Update webpage. Currently the only information on this Development Application is on the City’s UDP webpage.
The City of Vancouver listed this site on page 23 & 24 in the request for letters of interest to develop affordable rental housing on six sites. It’s unclear at the moment which non-profit housing society or co-operative the City selected for this project, and whether a private partner is involved.
The property is illustrated in the City’s site documentation as follows: