The design for the first phase of the redevelopment of Arbutus Mall will be considered at a DPB meeting on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. As of this writing, the Development Permit Board still has yet to publish an official agenda for the meeting that is scheduled to start at 3 pm, right after the Labour Day long weekend. The DPB will also review a 22-storey tower proposal for 1188 Bidwell Street at this meeting. Members of the public will be given an opportunity to address the board.
The Arbutus Shopping Centre was rezoned back on July 14, 2011. At that time, the Arbutus Ridge Community Association documented how this rezoning was inconsistent with the ARKS CityPlan for the area. The DBP review for September 8, 2015 will only consider the first of 3 planned phases of development.
The northeast corner of the Arbutus Mall site has been given the address of 4188 Yew Street (original address: 4255 Arbutus). The maximum height of the building is 105.6′ or 32.2 metres. A total of 215 residential dwelling units are proposed, with a mix of 115 market rental and 100 non-market rental units. The residential units would be located above a commercial floor of retail (a Safeway and a restaurant) and office space. A total of 374 underground parking spaces are planned, with 150 parking spaces for residents, 16 for visitors and 202 for commercial uses.
Dialog BC Architecture Engineering has submitted the design on behalf of Larco Investments. We were unable to locate a website for Larco Investments; however, Bloomberg has further information about their operations here. Larco Investments shares a common address with 331750 BC Ltd, a company that owns 1225 Cardero Street (the London Drugs site that now has a proposed 23-storey tower).
Further details on the plans for the Arbutus Mall are available on the City’s Development Applications website under the application number DE418990. The Straight.com has an article about this proposal: Arbutus Shopping Centre redevelopment to go before Vancouver’s development permit board (Carlito Pablo, Sept 1, 2015)