Bastion Properties has applied to the City of Vancouver to develop the site at 2103 West Broadway in Kitsilano.
The proposed 11-storey, mixed-use residence is part of a joint development at 2106 West 8th Avenue, which was submitted under a separate permit application. If approved, the project would see a 79-unit building replace an existing gas station on the northwest corner of West Broadway and Arbutus Street. It is unclear at this time if the development will consist of condominium or rental units.
The area is poised to become a major transit hub with the future Arbutus SkyTrain station located across the street. The station is part of the Millenium Line’s western extension and is scheduled to open in 2025. The rest of the neighbourhood is lined with older residential buildings and low-rise commercial plazas.
Designed by Francl Architecture, the proposed design features a modern, 11-storey tower rising from a three-storey podium.
“The architectural character of the proposed building reflects a clean, contemporary design vocabulary utilizing a combination of light/dark cut stone cladding and complementary glass panel spandrel window walls,” reads the design rationale. “At ground level, retail activity is encouraged by provision of large unobstructed windows across the full width of the commercial space.”
Exterior materials include a mix of light limestone and contrasting dark slate. The
natural stone materials are accented with light-coloured composite metal panelling and wood treatments on the roof soffit. Deep balconies, shading louvers and roof-mounted photovoltaic panels contribute to the building’s sustainable design.
At ground level, the podium would house commercial retail space along West Broadway, stretching towards its western edge, where a new corner plaza would be located. The main residential lobby would be situated on the Arbutus Street section of the podium. In order to accommodate future pedestrian traffic, the architects have incorporated a series of setbacks that allow for generous sidewalks and a public plaza.
Inside, the 79 units would comprise 40 one-bedroom units, 36 two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units. Residents would have access to extensive onsite amenities, including over 6,600 square feet of outdoor amenities. Initial renderings show an expansive rooftop terrace with a swimming pool, lounge seating, gardens and a pergola.
Two storeys of underground parking are also part of the proposal and would be accessed through the rear lane. The garage would have a total of 120 parking stalls, including four EV charging stations and several commercial and visitor spots.
A video walk through, online Q & A, and a virtual open house for the project will run through November 1st, 2020.