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Public Hearing July 12th: 625-777 Pacific Street (Granville Loops), 901 W Broadway, 2062-2092 E Broadway and more

The agenda for the Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 12th at 6pm contains six items.

The final item is the rezoning of City-owned land in the Granville Loops at 625-777 Pacific Street. The Granville Loops rezoning proposes two 40-storey towers (395 ft), two 27-storey towers, two 12-storey towers along with podiums. A total area of 920,173 sq. ft. (85,487 sq. m.) is being requested with a 37-space childcare and a social housing component to replace the Old Continental Hotel units (previously torn down). The circular off ramps would be removed. The City is proposing a total area of strata of 606,329 sq. ft (56329 sq. m.) and a market rental area of 126,524 sq. ft. (11754 sq. m).

As this is City-owned (i.e., publicly owned) land, it’s likely being upzoned prior to a sale. There are no guarantees that further upzoning would not be requested after a sale or that the final form of development would be similar to the renderings by City staff.

As a part of our ongoing efforts to shine a light on media coverage by civic reporters and mainstream media, here is a little feedback on reporting by Postmedia. Susan Lazaruk wrote in a July 4 article in the Vancouver Sun on the topic: “Vancouver proposes huge housing development at north end of Granville Bridge. Public responses so far runs against the development by those worried about density without amenities and an urban planning professor says density can be achieved without building towers that dominate areas of Vancouver.” While CityHallWatch applauds the efforts of reporters to cover civic affairs, we’d like to add some crucial information that would have made the article more timely and relevant for Vancouver Sun readers. First, the article didn’t mention that this rezoning was actually coming forward for a decision at this Public Hearing July 12. Second, the reporter did not provide the source of her information. She could have easily mentioned the staff referral report to the June 7 Council meeting. Third, she doesn’t provide adequate detail about the “city’s online comment platform” but could have easily mentioned it by name, “Shape your City” and even provide this link (which as of July 11, still shows Q&A between the public and staff, in the “Ask A Question” tab). Fourth, it’s disappointing that the article does not even provide the address(es) involved in the rezoning. It would have been so easy to add this: 625-777 Pacific Street and 1390 Granville Street (Granville Loops).

Fifth, and perhaps of greatest importance is to ask and answer the questions, “Who is the applicant?” And “Who owns this land?” The answer is on page 1 of the Referral Report to the June 7 Council meeting: The applicant is “the General Manager of Real Estate and Facilities Management, on behalf the City of Vancouver.” And the owner? “The City of Vancouver, the registered owner of the lands.”

So there you have it. This is public land. In essence, this is a deal between the real estate department and the public. Presumably, negotiations are already well advanced, or even signed and sealed, between the City and developers involved. Has an independent review been conducted to ensure that the City, on behalf of the public, is getting the maximum value for this land? Will the financial aspects of the deal be explained adequately to  City Council and the public at the Public Hearing? In a previous post, we have pointed out shenanigans that slipped past Council and were actually condoned by a majority on Council who just looked the other way. (See “I need to be able to defend the sale as market value” (CoV employee to developer)” and “Laneway at 1477 West Broadway tower site sold for $3,795,000.“) But here, July 12, is a chance for a spotlight on the Granville Loops deal before the deal is done. The staff behind this deal should be called upon to adequately explain the financial aspects and mechanics of this deal.

This rezoning includes:

Sub-areas A and D is to contain one 40-storey tower for each Sub-area [so, two 40-storey towers], at 121.4 m (395.3 ft.) in height, with strata-titled residential units;
Sub-area B is to contain two towers, one of 12 storeys at 32 m (105 ft.) and one of 27 storeys at 83.7 m (275 ft.) connected by a four-storey podium, with a mix of strata-titled and secured-market rental units and commercial-retail space at grade; and
Sub-area C, retained under City ownership, to contain a 12- and 27-storey building with social housing, a childcare centre, at-grade commercial, with a maximum building height of 83.7 m (275 ft.).

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In addition to the Granville Loops covered above, the other items on the agenda are the following:

  • 1. Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws
  • 2. Heritage Designation and Heritage Revitalization Agreement : 1450 West 64th Avenue (Joy Kogawa House)
  • 3. CD-1 Rezoning: 901 West Broadway (12-storeys hotel / 133ft / 40.5m / 7.95FSR)
  • 4. CD-1 Rezoning: 2062-2092 East Broadway (6-storeys, 71 unit strata, 21m / 2.65FSR)
  • 5. CD-1 Text Amendment: East Fraser Lands Waterfront Precinct: 3480 East Kent Avenue South and 3522 East Kent Avenue South

There are no new Council meetings for the week. On Thursday, July 14th, the Public Hearing for the rezoning at Arbutus and 7th will continue to hear from speakers, with a 3pm start.

For reference, we’ve reproduced the meeting agenda below.

https://council.vancouver.ca/20220712/phea20220712ag.htm

Public Hearing
July 12, 2022 (Updated: July 8, 2022)

Date and location

Tuesday, July 12, 2022  6pm

Council Chamber, Third Floor, City Hall

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ROLL CALL

1. Miscellaneous Amendments Concerning Various CD-1 By-laws

2. Heritage Designation and Heritage Revitalization Agreement : 1450 West 64th Avenue (Joy Kogawa House)

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution
Support
Opposed
Other
July 7, 2022, up to 5 pm
0
0

3. CD-1 Rezoning: 901 West Broadway

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution
Support
Opposed
Other
July 7, 2022, up to 5 pm
2 PDF
1 PDF
1 PDF

4. CD-1 Rezoning: 2062-2092 East Broadway

5. CD-1 Text Amendment: East Fraser Lands Waterfront Precinct: 3480 East Kent Avenue South and 3522 East Kent Avenue South

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution
Support
Opposed
Other
July 7, 2022, up to 5 pm
4 PDF
0

6. CD-1 Rezoning: 625-777 Pacific Street and 1390 Granville Street (Granville Loops)

CORRESPONDENCE:

Date of Distribution
Support
Opposed
Other
July 7, 2022, up to 5 pm
7 PDF
1 PDF

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