Open House tonight for 18-storey tower rezoning application at 2-26 East 1st Ave, in Southeast False Creek (Tues, April 14)

2-26 East 1st Ave North Elevation, 18-storey tower

2-26 East 1st Ave North Elevation, 18-storey tower

Another tower is proposed for Southeast False Creek. (CityHallWatch offers a $25 prize to anyone who can identify (1) the owner of the property, and/or (2) the current outright density permitted on the site. See note below.)

Community Open House
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (5 to 8 pm)
Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way)
Applicant team and City staff will be available to answer questions.

The application is for an unspecified owner, represented by Bingham Hill Architects, to amend the existing CD-1 (Comprehensive Development) District By-law for 2-26 East 1st Avenue. The proposal is for

  • an 18-storey building
  • 137 residential units
  • a floor space ratio (FSR) of 6.98 (application documents do not clearly indicate current permitted FSR)
  • 169 underground parking spaces

This application is being considered under the Southeast False Creek Official Development Plan, Southeast False Creek Design Guidelines for Additional Penthouse Storeys, and Comprehensive Development District CD-1 (464).

Provide public to the City online:
http://former.vancouver.ca/commsvcs/planning/rezoning/applications/26e1st/feedback.htm

City Contact: Yardley McNeill, Rezoning Planner, yardley.mcneill@vancouver.ca, 604.873.7582

Applicant Contact: Doug Nelson, Bingham Hill Architects, dnelson@bharch.ca, 604.688.8254

CityHallWatch note re $25 prize: Our $25 prize is offered to highlight the lack of transparency in the lucrative land development business. Regarding the lack of information about who is really behind deals … in this case and many others, the architect acts as the front and agent for the owner. Studies in other jurisdictions (e.g., New York and London) have found that a large number of properties are held by numbered companies, and the lack of transparency could be a bad thing for society. See for example:

As for the exact number for the density (floor space ratio) currently permitted on the site, we have noted that changes by the City of Vancouver make it more difficult for the public to know what the current permitted density is on a site proposed for rezoning. Rezoning signs posted onsite used to provide this information. The density on a site is a “social contract” between the local government and society. Changing the density enriches the owner. The public needs to know how much additional density is being sought. Search all the materials available to the public, including the official “Project Statistics” and tell us if you can find the answer. To reclaim your $25 by correctly answering both questions, send us an e-mail at citizenYVR@gmail.com.

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