Open house on rezoning of Ryerson Church site (2195 West 45th): Feb 27 (Mon). Ryerson Neighbours list concerns.

ryerson-8791We have received information from Ryerson Neighbours, a community group concerned about a development proposal for 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver.  They are trying to raise awareness about the proposal and their concerns.

A city-hosted public open house is scheduled as follows:
Ryerson Memorial Centre (2195 W. 45th)
Monday, February 27, 2017
5 to 8 pm

Official details of the proposal:
http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2165-2195and2205-2291w45thave/index.htm

Text further below is copied from a flyer by Ryerson Neighbours. Download flyer: ryerson-neighbours-flyer-open-house-27-feb-2017

Dunbar Ryerson Church and co-developer Wall Financial have applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone properties in the 2100 and 2200 blocks West 45th Avenue for redevelopment that involves tearing down Ryerson Memorial Centre, gym and the neighbouring house plus three homes west of the Church.

In the current proposal, the condo tower is up to four storeys lower than the first rough scheme shown in 2015 but still places an 8-storey tower (with 9th floor mechanical penthouse) directly across the street from a one-storey house.

The group says that this is an unpopular proposal with neighbourhood homeowners and renters—even tower dwellers to the north who will have a tall obstacle in their views to the south.

Ryerson Neighbours

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Text from Ryerson Neighbours flyer follows:

Ryerson Church Neighbours: be heard on Feb. 27

Dunbar Ryerson Church and co-developer Wall Financial have applied to the City of Vancouver to rezone properties in the 2100 and 2200 blocks West 45th Avenue for redevelopment that involves tearing down Ryerson Memorial Centre, gym and the neighbouring house plus three homes west of the Church.

New on East Site (2165-2195 W. 45th)
• 8-storey condominium tower with 9th floor mechanical penthouse
• 4-storey building along the lane
• Townhouses 2.5 storeys high along 45th Avenue
• Parking for some residents and church and community centre users

New on West Site (2205-2291 W. 45th)
• 5-storey building that includes an activity centre with a variety of meeting rooms and rehearsal spaces
• Rental housing with 10 units highly subsidized, 11 units mid subsidized, and 11 units at market rates

Check out all the details of the proposal at this City of Vancouver link: http://rezoning.vancouver.ca/applications/2165-2195and2205-2291w45thave/index.htm

Attend a Community Open House, Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5-8 pm, at Dunbar Ryerson’s Memorial Centre, 2195 West 45th Avenue, to make your voice heard and put your opinions in writing. City staff and the applicant team will be available to answer questions and will collate all written comments in a report. If you cannot attend in person, comment online via the link above, or write to:

City of Vancouver – Chief Planner, Gil Kelley gil.kelley@vancouver.ca
City of Vancouver Planner, Michelle McGuire: michelle.mcguire@vancouver.ca
Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson gregor.robertson@vancouver.ca

The proposal contravenes the ARKS Community Vision (approved by City Council) with respect to height, a report based on extensive neighbourhood consultation. Further concerns include:

Precedent Setting Rezoning: the City would have to rezone this area to allow an 8-storey-plus building, contravening the ARKS Community Vision
8-storey building is incompatible with existing streetscape and defies existing zoning policy; even developments on West Boulevard, an arterial route, are zoned only 6 storeys (but don’t exceed 4)
Lack of appropriate stepped-down transition/buffer from apartment zone to RS-5 residential areas: as achieved by 3-storey townhomes in the 5300 block Larch St.
Shadow impact on homes, especially to north and east, keeps residents in the dark during fall and winter months
Loss of amenities: gym, pre-school
Loss of sidewalk-level green spaces and mature trees
Increased traffic along 45th Ave, a designated bike route
Dramatic change of church property use: concert venue, rehearsal space, and meeting rooms could draw 800 people a day; only 45 parking spaces assigned for these uses in the underground parking lot
No drop off zone for the church or activity centre
Loss of character homes on 45th Avenue
Up to a decade of phased construction noise, dust and disruption for residents
No impact study or transportation plan addressing significant changes in neighbourhood density and venue use

We want development proposals that respect the approved ARKS Community Vision.

Bring us development that keeps the neighbourhood character without inflating existing zoning density, defying long-established height restrictions and ignoring community planning.

Find us on Facebook: Ryerson-Vancouver Neighbours www.facebook.com/ryersonneighbours
Email: ryersonneighbours@gmail.com
Blog: https://ryersonneighbours.wordpress.com

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