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Bouthouse Architecture Inc. has applied to develop the site at 1010 West 57th Avenue in Vancouver’s Marpole neighbourhood.

Situated on the southwest corner of West 57th Avenue and Oak Street, the application proposes to replace an existing single-family home with two new three-story, multiple dwelling buildings consisting of eight rowhouse units with three lock-off suites. The project has a proposed height of 11.5 metres (37.7 feet) and would include an underground parking level with 10 parking spaces, a garbage area and service rooms.

The lot is approximately 47-by-18-metres (153-by-60-feet) with frontage along West 57th Avenue and a laneway at the rear. It has already been rezoned to an RM-8N, which encourages the development of ground-oriented stacked townhouses or rowhouses, while continuing to permit lower density development.

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The surrounding neighbourhood is predominantly residential with single-family homes. However, the lot at 1007 West 58th, on the opposite side of the rear laneway, has been approved for a multi-family project that is scheduled to be constructed this year. Bouthouse is also listed as the architect for that project, and according to the design rationale, it is their intention to keep both properties similar in design features and massing.

“A detailed architectural expression with the use of simple, quality materials, in a contemporary setting is intended to enhance the formal character of Oak Street,” reads the design rationale. “We feel that our proposal responds appropriately to the design guidelines set out for RM-8N and will be a positive addition to the urban fabric of our city.”

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Initial renderings show two rows of townhouses surrounded by lush landscaping, separated by a 15-foot courtyard with flowering trees and plants. Sloped roof lines create a contemporary feel, and outdoor patios or roof decks allow access to private outdoor spaces. To warm up the look of the building, Hardie shingle cladding that resembles wood will be used extensively throughout, as well as wood entrance doors with planters above. Planters and balconies on the third floor feature back-painted glass or metal to give a more contemporary look, while the third floor will be clad with vertical cedar boards stained a dark grey.

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In total, the project will house eight townhouse units at-grade with three lock-off units in the basement, with two facing Oak Street and one accessed through the lane. Lock-off units are self-contained suites which are smaller than the principal dwelling and can be used as a rental property. Guidelines state that they must have direct access to a hallway, corridor or the outside, and a shared internal door which can be locked, enabling both units to be independent.

Most of the homes would be corner units allowing for ample sunlight and ventilation. All layouts would have three bedrooms and approximately 1,300 square feet of living space.

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